He was educated at Nairn Academy in the North of Scotland and at Edinburgh University, where he took two degrees, in English and German. From 2000 to 2010 he was Germanic Editor of The Modern Language Review. His first book was Kafka: Judaism, Politics, and Literature (1985) and he has co-directed the Oxford Kafka Research Centre.
His most recent publication is The Enlightenment: The Pursuit of Happiness 1680-1790 (London 2020; New York 2021).
Volumes on Kafka and Goethe have been widely spread in OUP’s Very Short Introductions series, and his translations of Hoffmann, Heine, Moritz and Kafka have been published in the Oxford World’s Classics and Penguin Classics.
Evelyn Juers is a critic, essayist and biographer, and co-founder of the Australian publishing house Giramondo and the literary magazine HEAT.
Born 1950 in northern Germany, she grew up in Hamburg and Sydney, and wrote her PhD on Emily Brontë and Wuthering Heights at the University of Essex in the UK. Her collective biography House of Exile - the Life and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann (2008) won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2009. It was published in the USA (FSG), UK (Penguin), France (Autrement), Spain (Circe), and Italy (Bompiani).
McDuff attended the University of Edinburgh, where he studied Russian and German, gaining a PhD in 1971. In 1968 he married mathematician Dusa McDuff, but they separated around 1975. After living for some time in the Soviet Union, Denmark, Iceland, and the United States, he eventually returned to the United Kingdom, where he worked for several years as a co-editor and reviewer on the literary magazine Stand. He then moved to London, where he began his career as a literary translator.
McDuff's translations include both foreign poetry and prose, including poems by Joseph Brodsky and Tomas Venclova, and novels including Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and The Idiot (all three in Penguin Classics). His Complete Poems of Edith Södergran (1984, 1992) and Complete Poems of Karin Boye (1994) were published by Bloodaxe Books. One of the earliest members of SELTA in 1982, he later served on its committee. McDuff’s translation of the Finnish-language author Tuomas Kyrö’s 2011 novel The Beggar and the Hare was published in 2014. In November 2019 McDuff's new translation of Karin Boye's dystopian novel Kallocain was published by Penguin Classics. There is a complete list of McDuff's published translations at http://englishings.com/publicat.htm
From 2007 to 2010 David McDuff worked as an editor and translator with Prague Watchdog, the Prague-based NGO which monitored and discussed human rights abuses in Chechnya and the North Caucasus.
Fiona Graham was born in Hereford, England, but has Scottish and Welsh roots. She studied German and French at the Universities of Oxford and Tübingen, followed by linguistics at Reading University.
Her translation career began at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (The Hague). Successive posts in the translation departments of the European Parliament (Luxembourg) and the European Commission (Brussels) then enabled her to extend her repertoire of languages to include Swedish, Danish, Spanish and Portuguese.
She has served as reviews editor at the Swedish Book Review since 2014 and is currently (in 2021) working on her fifth book translation from Swedish, Torill Kornfeldt’s Människan i provröret. Her translation of Elisabeth Åsbrink’s 1947 was longlisted for the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation (2018) and the JQ Wingate Literary Prize (2019). Fiona has a particular interest in literature that exposes injustice and explores human rights issues.
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