Jamie Bulloch has already translated Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by FC Delius (Peirene No 3) and Sea of Ink by Richard Weihe (Peirene No 9) 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 The Mussel Feast:
"Birgit Vanderbeke's The Mussel Feast is a breathless and darkly humorous first-person narrative, which invites us to piece together the disturbing history of a family tyrannised by a ruthless father figure. Parallels with the East German state are easily drawn, but the novella also offers echoes of Kafka and Thomas Bernhard A mini classic of modern German literature."