Jamie Bulloch has been working as a professional translator from German since 2001. His most recent works include The Sweetness of Life by Paulus Hochgatterer for MacLehose Press and Ruth Maier’s Diary for Harvill/Secker. Peirene has selected him for the translation of Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman because his sample translation received unanimous admiring praise from the editorial panel. His self-effacing approach to the original text will undoubtedly allow the rhythm of the sentence to come through in English.
Jamie on translating Portrait of the Mother: "A beautifully simple, yet highly lyrical work, which skilfully explores the hopes, anxieties and inner conflicts of a naive young woman's mind. The result is a powerful psychological study, reinforced by the hypnotic rhythm of the novel's syntax."