Found in translation

The rediscovery of the work of German writer Hans Fallada in 2009 while working at the Penguin publishing house piqued Freudenheim’s interest in translating the world’s best literature.

October 4, 2017 17:44
Adam Freudenheim: No such thing as a day job.

Adam Freudenheim: No such thing as a day job.. (photo credit: PUSHKIN PRESS)


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 Adam Freudenheim is excited about one of his latest discoveries: a memoir written in 1945 by a Polish Jewish woman who set up a French bookshop in Berlin in 1921, which she ran until 1939 when she returned to Paris and was then forced to go into hiding.

Baltimore-born Freudenheim, who lives in London, runs Pushkin Press, which specializes in bringing gems of foreign literature to the English-speaking world. He tells me the book No Place to Lay One’s Head, by Francoise Frenkel, which was a bestseller in Spain, is “amazing.”

“What’s so interesting is that there are endless books about the war, but this is different. The first part is about her passion for French literature and how she set up her bookshop in Berlin. Then it becomes a breathless book about all the strangers who took her in and helped her survive in occupied France.”


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