“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).


March 15, 2014
Gorgeous Nothings, a reading of Emily Dickinson and
Robert Walser with Jen Bervin and Stephen Motika
ETERNiDAY Festival
Queens Museum
Unisphere Gallery, 2nd Floor
4:25 - 5:10 p.m.

April 3, 2014
A Reading and Conversation with Jenny Erpenbeck
Center for the Study of Europe
Boston University
154 Bay State Road, Boston
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

April 4, 2014
Pinning Down the Beetle: Kafka and Beyond (lecture)
Literary Translation Seminar Series
Modern Languages & Comparative Literature
Boston University
745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 625, Boston
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.