Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp

Literary translator from German, Russian and Arabic into English

Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp is a literary translator of German, Russian and Arabic fiction and nonfiction into English, with a particular interest in children’s books.

Her translation of Ulrich Raulff’s Farewell to the Horse: The Final Century of Our Relationship was named the Sunday Times’ History Book Of The Year 2017 and and was shortlisted for the 2019 Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize.

Ruth holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Arabic Translation (IOLET, 2013), MA in Translation and Interpreting: German and Russian (University of Bath, 2006) and MA Oxon in Medieval and Modern Language and Literature (Russian and German) from St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford (2003).


Ruth’s publications as a translator:



Yulia Yakovleva, Punishment of a Hunter (forthcoming from Pushkin Press, 2021)

* Eman Abdel Rahim, 'Two Sisters' in Book of Cairo (Comma Press, 2019)

* Rania Mamoun, 'Bird of Paradise' in Banthology (Comma Press/Deep Vellum 2018) 

* Hanna Winter, Sacrifice (Manila/Simon and Schuster, 2016) 

* Fadi Zaghmout, The Bride of Amman (Signal 8, 2015) 

* Several short stories and excerpts from novels published in Literary HubWords Without BordersThe CommonThe GuardianThe Massachusetts ReviewThe Washington PostBanipal Magazine of Modern Arab Literature.



Amina Hashimi Alawi and Gulnar Hajo, What Can I see? (forthcoming from Editora Trinta Zero Nove, 2021)

Amina Hashimi Alawi and Maya Fidawi, Alya and the Three Cats (forthcoming from Editora Trinta Zero Nove, 2021)

* Katja Frixe, The Magical Bookshop (Simon and Schuster / Oneworld, forthcoming 2021)

Roman Belyaev, How Do Bridges Work? (B Small, 2020)

* Gulnar Hajo and Abir Ali, Nour's Escape (Darf, 2019)

* Gulnar Hajo, The Dot (Darf, 2019)

* Ahlam Bsharat, Trees for the Absentees (YA; w. Sue Copeland, Neem Tree Press, 2019)

* Yulia Yakovleva, The Raven’s Children (Puffin, Sept 2018) 

* Thomas Bärnthaler, Now Make This (w. Jessica West, Phaidon, April 2018) 

* Kathrin Rohmann, Apple Cake and Baklava (Darf, April 2018) 



Ijoma Mangold, The German Crocodile (forthcoming from DigitalBack Books)

David Nelles and Christian Serrer, Small Gases, Big Effect: This Is Climate Change (forthcoming from Particular Books) 

Wassily Kandinsky, On the Spiritual in Art (forthcoming from Penguin Classics) 

* Heike Faller and Valerio Vidali, Hundred: What You Learn in a Lifetime (co-translation with Günther Krumminga, Particular Books, 2019)

* Ute Daenschel and Kerstin Lücker, A History of the World with the Women Put Back In (w. Jessica West, The History Press, 2019)

* Peter Wohlleben, Walks in the Wild (Rider Books, 2019)

* Samar Yazbek, introduction to Sourya Photo Album (w. Nashwa Gowanlock, ASML/Syria, 2019)

* Peter Wohlleben, The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature’s Secret Signs (Rider Books, June 2018) 

* Ulrich Raulff, Farewell to the Horse: The Final Century of Our Relationship (Allen Lane, 2017)

* Olzhas Suleimenov, The Prehistory of the Turkic-Speaking Peoples (w. Ian Appleby; TEAS Press, 2016) 

* Samar Yazbek, The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria (w. Nashwa Gowanlock; Rider Books, 2015) 

* Dimitry Morozov, Kitezh: a Community Approach to Raising Children in Russia (w. Laura Casiraghi and Emily Justice; Eland, 2008)

Fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction, children's literature, picture books, translation, editing, reader's reports, contemporary fiction, reference books, publicity, children's events
Fiction, children's fiction, history, politics, travel, ecology, journalism, human rights, anthropology, linguistics, education, journalism, crime, thrillers, historical fiction, political fiction, children's non-fiction, picture books, reference books, world kid lit, young adult, early readers, chapter books, nature writing, children's books,