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Ada’s Realm

Translated from the original German by Jon Cho-Polizzi
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

In a small village in what will become Ghana, Ada gives birth to a baby who does not live. As she grieves for her child, Portuguese traders arrive in the village, an event that will bear terrible repercussions for Ada and her kin. Centuries later, Ada will become the mathematician Ada Lovelace; Ada, a prisoner forced into prostitution in a concentration camp; and Ada, a pregnant Ghanaian woman who arrives in Berlin in 2019 for a fresh start. Ada is not one woman, but many, and she is all women. This debut from Sharon Dodua Otoo paints an astonishing picture of femininity and resilience with deep empathy and infinite imagination.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Sharon
Dodua Otoo

Born in London in 1972 to Ghanaian parents, SHARON DODUA OTOO is an political activist and novelist living in Berlin. After having published several newspaper articles and two novellas in English, she wrote a short story in German which was later awarded the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize (2016), one of Germany’s most renowned literary awards. She is politically active with several civil rights organisations, including the Initiative Black People in Germany (ISD), a Black queer feminist organisation called ADEFRA, and Phoenix. Ada’s Realm is her first novel. Photo Credit: Ralf Steinberger

Born in London in 1972 to Ghanaian parents, SHARON DODUA OTOO is an political activist and novelist living in Berlin. After having published several newspaper articles and two novellas in English, she wrote a short story in German which was later awarded the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize (2016), one of Germany’s most renowned literary awards. She is politically active with several civil rights organisations, including the Initiative Black People in Germany (ISD), a Black queer feminist organisation called ADEFRA, and Phoenix. Ada’s Realm is her first novel. Photo Credit: Ralf Steinberger

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR John
Cho-Polizzi

JON CHO-POLIZZI is a literary translator and Assistant Professor of German at the University of Michigan. His translations have appeared in the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Maxim Gorky Theatre, taz and Der Spiegel, as well as in numerous anthologies. He lives and works between Ann Arbor, Northern California and Berlin.

JON CHO-POLIZZI is a literary translator and Assistant Professor of German at the University of Michigan. His translations have appeared in the Jewish Museum Berlin, the Maxim Gorky Theatre, taz and Der Spiegel, as well as in numerous anthologies. He lives and works between Ann Arbor, Northern California and Berlin.

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Ada’s Realm is fascinating and powerful novel. Four women, four eras told from an unusual perspective, written by the Bachmann Prize winner Sharon Dodua Otoo.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
28/03/2023
Country
Germany
Original Language
German
Publisher
MacLehose Press
Translator
John Cho-Polizzi
Translation
Translated from the original German by Jon Cho-Polizzi
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