Susan Bernofsky, one of the preeminent translators of German-language literature, teaches literary translation in the MFA Writing Program of the Columbia University School of the Arts, where she serves as Director of Literary Translation at Columbia, and chairs the Translation Committee of the PEN American Center.
Her lifelong fascination with German literature began when she first read the Grimms' fairy tales in the original as a high school student. She takes particular interest in the lines of influence linking eighteenth and nineteenth century German thought to modern and contemporary literature and theater in the German-speaking world and beyond. Her writings on literature and culture are informed by her experience of living between two continents and cultures.
She blogs about literary translation at www.translationista.org, and is currently at work on a biography of the great Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser, whose work she has been translating for over twenty-five years.
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