Monday 15 July 2013

Varjak Paw Around The World, #5

#5: Turkey

One of the nicest things about publishing a book is watching it travel the world.   Varjak Paw has been translated into many languages; there are many editions around the world, and I've been doing a series of posts about them all.  This week, I'm looking at the Turkish edition of Varjak Paw, where he's called Varjak Pençe!

Apparently 'Pençe' means 'Paw' in Turkish, so that makes sense. This edition of the book is printed on a special kind of foil paper, so it's quite glittery in real life, but very hard to scan. Apologies if it looks a bit dark!

Here's the back cover.  As with the German edition, the Turkish publishers decided to switch front and back around, which is fine with me, as I love them both!  The interiors are the same as the UK edition, with all of Dave McKean's fantastic artwork.

Here's the first page, so you can see how it reads in Turkish.  I've learned a few new words by looking at it – for example, the Elder Paw becomes 'Yaşlı Pençe' – but my Turkish isn't strong enough to tell if it's a good translation or not.  So if there are any Turkish-speaking readers looking at this blog, I would love to hear from you!  And if you would like to see more Varjak Paw translations, have a look here...


Tufan said...

Hi, I've just finished reading Varjak Paw, and I loved it! It was so good that I went straight out and bought The Outlaw. It's an incredibly well rounded story with well defined themes.

I'm a turkish speaker and would love to have a read of Varjak Paw in turkish to see how good the translation is. Where can I get hold of a copy?

Please drop me a line on my blog -

SF Said said...

Hi Tufan! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, that really means a lot to me, especially coming from another author... And thank you for offering to read a translation, that would be amazing!

I'm not sure where you can find the Turkish edition in the UK... The publisher is Gün Yayincilik - you could try ordering it from them? Or I found this page with a Google search - it seems to still be available through that retailer too...