Jenny Erpenbeck (b. 1967) works as a freelance writer and director in Berlin. Her publications in English include The Old Child (New Directions, 2005)and The Book of Words (New Directions, forthcoming).
Susan Bernofsky directs the program Literary Translation at Columbia in the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program. Her translations include works by Robert Walser, Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Jenny Erpenbeck, and Yoko Tawada. Her translation of Erpenbeck’s novel The End of Days won the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, The Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize, the Ungar Award for Literary Translation, and the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. Her translation of Tawada’s novel Memoirs of a Polar Bear (2016) won the inaugural Warwick Prize for Women in Translation. She received the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translation Prize and the 2012 Calwer Hermann-Hesse Prize as well as awards and fellowships from the NEH, the NEA, the PEN Translation Fund, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation. She is currently writing a biography of Walser and blogs about translation at Translationista.