“When Gregor Samsa woke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed right there in his bed into some sort of monstrous insect.”

- Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis



Watch this page for the most recent information on forthcoming work and upcoming lectures, readings, book-launch parties and media appearances.


2014 Guggenheim Fellowship to support the translation of two new books of stories by Robert Walser


The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, foreword by David Cronenberg (New York: Norton, 2014)
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The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf (New York: New York Review Books Classics, 2013)
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In Translation: Translators on Their Work And What It Means, ed. Esther Allen and Susan Bernofsky (New York: Columbia University Press, 2013)
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Mozart's The Magic Flute, libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, designed and directed by Isaac Mizrahi with choreography by John Heginbotham, conducted by Jane Glover. Opera Theatre of St. Louis, premiere May 24, 2014.

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (New York: New Directions and London: Portobello, forthcoming Fall 2014).


May 20, 2014
Max Frisch: The Writer’s Moral and Political Responsibility
(moderator), with Renata Adler, Robert Cohen, Ben Marcus and Thomas Strässle
Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity
NYU Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews
6:30 p.m.

May 24, 2014
Mozart's The Magic Flute, Premiere
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder in a new translation by Susan Bernofsky
Production designed and directed by Isaac Mizrahi with choreography by John Heginbotham, conducted by Jane Glover
Opera Theatre of St. Louis
8:00 p.m.

May 28, 2014
What Editors Need to Know: Successful Translations
into English (panelist), with Marleen Seegers and Riky Stock, moderated by Tina Weiner
Book Expo America
Javits Center, 1E11
2:00 p.m.

May 31, 2014
Translating the Spoken Word: a Proper Challenge
(panelist and slam particpant), with Mariana Carreño King, Margaret Carson, Jolie Hale, Tess Lewis and Claudia Wilsch Case, moderated by Judith Miller
HotINK Festival at the Lark
311 West 43rd St., 5th Floor
7:00 p.m.