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Michael Hofmann

Biography

Michael Hofmann

Michael Hofmann has translated the work of Gottfried Benn, Hans Fallada, Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth and many others. In 2012, he was awarded the Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His SELECTED POEMS was published in 2009, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?: Selected Essays in 2014, and ONE LARK, ONE HORSE: Poems in 2019. He lives in Florida and London.

Michael Hofmann

Books by Michael Hofmann

written by Peter Stamm, translated by Michael Hofmann - Fiction

In Stockholm's Woodland Cemetery, Christoph tells Lena his story, which is also somehow hers. Twenty years before, he loved a woman named Magdalena --- an actress like Lena, with her looks, her personality, her past. Their breakup inspired him to write his first novel, about the time they were together, and in its scenes Lena recognizes the uncanny, intimate details of her own relationship with an aspiring writer, Chris. Is it possible that she and Chris are living the same lives as Magdalena and Christoph two decades apart? Are they headed towards the same scripted separation? Or, in the fever of writing, has Christoph lost track of what is real and what is imagined?

written by Peter Stamm, translated by Michael Hofmann - Fiction

"Write a story about me," Agnes said to her lover, "so I know what you think of me." So he started to write the story of everything that had happened to them from the moment they met. At first, he works with Agnes to create a narrative that is most true to life, but as time passes and he grows more enamored with the narrative he has begun, he continues writing on his own, imagining a future for them after he reaches the present. Happy couples do not necessarily make for compelling reading, and as Agnes sees the unexpected plot he has planned for her, the line between fiction and reality begins to blur.

written by Peter Stamm, translated by Michael Hofmann - Fiction

Gillian is content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together and reconnects with a love interest of the past who becomes a possible future --- or so it seems.