“As readers we stumble when caught off guard, when the familiar suddenly appears strange and the strange familiar, when words we thought we knew suddenly show us their full range of meaning and words in a foreign tongue prove to be the only possible way to express something we’ve always known.”

- Disoriented Language



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Susan Bernofsky is a leading American translator of modernist and contemporary German-language literature. She directs the program Literary Translation at Columbia in the MFA Writing Program at the Columbia University School of the Arts.

She blogs about literary translation at www.translationista.com, and has written a biography of the great Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser, Clairvoyant of the Small, forthcoming in May 2021 from Yale University Press. She is currently at work on a new translation of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain for W.W. Norton.


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