Thursday, November 13, 2014

SANDOKAN by Emilio Salgari Has Arrived!

La fortuna è reciproca! Anch'io spero di incontrarti presto in Italia, carissima Alice Teh: così m'insegni qualche parola in malese: conosci Sandokan, il protagonista dei romanzi dello scrittore veronese Emilio Salgari?

Just like that—thanks to Maristella Tagliaferro and her message above—I was introduced to the world of Sandokan created by the Italian author Emilio Salgari. I immediately researched Salgari and his Sandokan, and found out that it was translated to Malay in 2010 and launched in collaboration with the Ambassador of Italy in Kuala Lumpur. I blogged about this on Monday. It is one of the two Italian stories ever translated to Malay in Malaysia. The other Italian story is Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, which is already well known here.

Snapshot of the book cover and the first chapter

I was at work when the package arrived, so today, two buses later and some walking, I brought home the book I collected from the Poslaju. I ordered it online from Institut Terjemahan Negara Malaysia (ITNM) on November 10, and the book arrived today. Thank you, ITNM!

I find it very interesting (and truly honored to be a Malaysian) that an Italian many centuries ago, chose Malaysia as the premise and created a fictional character that became very famous in Italy. More about Sandokan soon!


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