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Appraisal of American, European Writing Styles

John Updike (L), Vladimir Nabokov (C) and Flann O’Brien
John Updike (L), Vladimir Nabokov (C) and Flann O’Brien

Iranian translator Soheil Sommi has recently brought out a collection of selected stories that provide a comparative analysis of American and European writing styles.

An enthusiast of American literature and novels, Sommi has translated a large number of literary works by American writers such as John Barth, 86, Neale Donald Walsch, 73, Don Nardo, 70, John Updike (1932-2009) and Canadian Margaret Atwood, 77.

Now Sommi, 46, has compared some of Updike’s stories with that of Flann O’Brien, a pen name for Irish novelist, playwright and satirist Brian O’Nolan (1911-1966). The latter represents European novel writing style in Sommi’s work, ILNA reported.

The collection also has a “twilight zone” between the writing styles of the two continents. It is represented by some stories of Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) whose first nine novels were in Russian, before he began writing English prose which brought him international prominence.

Sommi’s collection includes 9 stories. The details of the publishing house releasing the work, is not yet known.


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