Breon Mitchell

Breon Mitchell

Breon Mitchell is a professor of Germanic studies and comparative literature at Indiana University. Mitchell is the director of the Lilly Library, a repository of rare books and manuscripts from all ages. A past president of the American Literary Translators Association, he has received numerous national awards for literary translations, including the American Translators Association’s Ungar German Translation Award, the association’s Translation Prize and the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award.

Knife Edge

Fiction by Ralf Rothmann

Translated by Breon Mitchell

Knife Edge (Messers Schneide), originally published in Germany in 1986, introduces American readers to the work of Ralf Rothmann, an award-winning poet and novelist born in Schleswig in 1953. Set in West Berlin before the collapse of The Wall, Knife Edge on its surface is a sardonic love story gone awry. Manfred Assen, an indecisive writer-manqué who drives a taxi, is pursued by Iris, who insists on her entitlement, as a woman, to a child.…
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The Color of the Snow

Fiction by Rüdiger Kremer

Translated by Breon Mitchell

The Color of the Snow, German writer Rüdiger Kremer’s first novel, is a most unusual and haunting work of art. Carefully constructed and elegantly written, The Color of the Snow consists of twenty-one texts which spiral around the character of Jakob, who first appears as a seemingly retarded boy born during World War II. The texts include stories, a script for a film, a radio play, a short essay––a tour de force of narrative possibilities.…
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