This book titled Challenges written by a famous Maltese author was awarded the Malta National Literary Prize in 2005 in the category "The Best Book For Youth". The plot is based on the risky adventures of a company of Maltese teenagers. The Russian translation appeared on the Russian book market in the autumn of 2018.
The event was hosted by Her Excellency President of Malta Mrs Louise-Maria Coleiro Preca. Present were His Excellency Ambassador of Russia Vladimir Malygin, President Emeritus Dr. Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, Andrey Muraviev, Director of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture as well as prominent representatives of social and cultural circles of Malta and members of the Russian community.
A number of warm-hearted speeches were delivered by President of Malta, Ambassador of Russia and Director of the Russian Centre for Science and Culture. The collaborators, Trevor Zahra and Yana Psaila, read excerpts from the book in the Maltese and Russian languages, so the multilingual audience could appreciate the fruit of their labour.
All speakers were unanimous in pointing out that the translation of the Maltese book into Russian gives a great exposure to the best examples of the modern Maltese literature. There are over 300 million Russian speaking people in the world and this language is one of the top ten languages used in Internet. They also admitted that this is yet another confirmation of how people of the two nations can appreciate each other’s language and culture.
Mr Muraviev suggested that more authors with deep knowledge of Russian and Maltese languages should start taking part in similar projects, translating Russian prose and poetry into Maltese and offered an organizational support from the Russian Centre for Science and Culture’s side.
At the end of the launch, a few copies of the book were presented to President of Malta, Ambassador of Russia and President Emeritus and Director of Russian Centre for Science and Culture.
This is a second project of Trevor Zahra and Yana Psaila. The first book of Mr Zahra translated into Russian was The Secret Life of Grandma Genoveffa which was awarded the Malta National Literary Prize in 2008.
The event was organized by Office of the President.