BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University Associate Professor of French and
Italian Scott Sheridan recently translated The Guardians of History(AmazonCrossing, 2015), a bestseller by Italian author Elisabetta Cametti.
The Guardians of History resembles the Da Vinci Code novels by Dan Brown, according to Sheridan. The book focuses
on Katherine Sinclaire, who must solve a mystery involving an unexplainable suicide
in order to stop an evil murderer attempting to perform a dark ancient Etruscan ritual.
“The hope is that The Guardians of History will find its way to a Hollywood executive, and it will end up on the screen sometime
soon,” Sheridan said. “It has that kind of fast-paced, sweeping cinematic feel to
the prose that would make it a great fit for a movie thriller.”
This is the second novel that Sheridan has translated for AmazonCrossing, the largest
publisher of its kind for translated works. “Based on my previous experience and reputation,
I was selected by the publisher to translate this book,” Sheridan said. “It was important
that they chose a reputable translator who could give them a quality finished product
suitable for the popular fiction market,” because of the significant financial investment
involved for the company.
“The experience has been amazing since it allows me to continue to practice my language
skills while knowing that the audience that reads my translated work is considerably
large,” he said. Sheridan also expressed excitement about his collaboration with the
author Cametti during the process of translating The Guardians of History.
Sheridan also serves as director of International Studies at IWU. He earned a Ph.D. in French literature from the University of Iowa.