Jenny Erpenbeck was born in East Berlin in 1967. New Directions publishes her books The Old Child & Other Stories, The Book of Words, and Visitation, which NPR called "a story of the century as seen by the objects we've known and lost along the way." Susan Bernofsky is the acclaimed translator of Hermann Hesse, Robert Walser, and Jenny Erpenbeck, and the recipient of many awards, including the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize and the Hermann Hesse Translation Prize. She teaches literary translation at Columbia University and lives in New York.
"Dreamlike, almost incantatory prose." -- Vogue "Erpenbeck's prose, intense and fluent, is luminously translated by Susan Bernofsky." -- James Wood - The New Yorker "Wonderful, elegant, and exhilarating, ferocious as well as virtuosic." -- Deborah Eisenberg - The New York Review of Books