Multikunstneren Nils-Aslak Valkeapääs siste bokutgivelse Eanni, eannázan (2001) i engelsk oversettelse. Den er nå gjendiktet til engelsk av Harald Gaski, Lars Nordström og Ralph Salisbury.
The Earth, My Mother has at long last joined The Sun, My Father. The Earth, My Mother, originally published as Eanni, eannázan in 2001, became Nils-Aslak Valkeapää’s (1943-2001) final book. Harald Gaski, Lars Nordström and Ralph Salisbury have once more translated one of the author’s major literary works into English. The Sun, My Father (1997), originally published as Beaivi áhcázan (1988), won the Nordic Council’s Literature Prize in 1991.
In this new translation the Sami perspective has been expanded to embrace indigenous people around the world. The Sami stood in the center of The Sun, My Father, while the speaker in The Earth, My Mother travels far and wide to visit jungles and deserts and their indigenous peoples. It is always clear that the speaker comes as a guest, and he does not pretend to be like them even though he registers kindred values and ways of life. The book combines poetry, original art work as well as color and black-and-white photographs – a composition technique that reflects Nils-Aslak Valkeapää’s unique creative aesthetic.
UiT gir penger for å få utgitt Áillohaš-bok på engelsk (Inger Elin Kristina Utsi, UiT, 14.07.17)