Michael Hofmann writes: “What Ullmann has to say to us is somehow exemplary, uncomfortable, difficult, long-buried; it is from our midst, but also slightly from above, and also from below. It refuses distance, and in its designs on us doesn’t mind changing angle, direction, and even plane. […] We come away from her, as she […]
My translation of Regina Ullmann, The Country Road, from New Directions. Recipient of a 2014 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. (For some reason this WordPress format doesn’t display links in blog posts — weird, right? — so click on the title to see the post with links.) Read the story “Strawberries” and my introduction on the […]
“German-language literature, from Rilke to Thomas Mann, has often merged psychological landscapes with the natural world, but women have been underrepresented—or undertranslated. Enter Swiss protomodernist Ullmann, whose unclassifiable and deeply original 1921 collection has undergone a triumphant translation (the first in English) by Beals.” Read the whole review here.