Jamie Bulloch has already translated Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by FC Delius (Peirene No 3) for Peirene. He has worked as a professional translator from German since 2001. He is also the author of A Short History of Tuscany and Karl Renner: Austria.

 

Jamie on translating Sea of Ink

'The major challenge when translating this novel was to emulate the deceptive simplicity of Richard Weihe's prose style, which is not only perfectly suited to conveying the metaphysical discursions of the book, but also reflects the economy of Bada Shanren's beautiful linear paintings, ten of which are included here. Sea of Ink may be a very slim volume, but it packs a lot into its few pages, and the meditative character of the novel stays with the reader long after the final page has been turned. A thought-provoking and inspirational book.'