Books by Susan Bernofsky

GO, WENT, GONE by Jenny Erpenbeck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A lyrical, urgent artistic response to a history that is still unfolding."
Searching novel of the Berlin refugee crisis by Erpenbeck, considered one of the foremost contemporary German writers. Read full book review >
LOOKING AT PICTURES by Robert Walser
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Allusive and elusive, these essays by the acclaimed Swiss author often concern themselves with anything other than the art they purportedly analyze."
A brief collection of writings about art that are actually about the difficulty—even the impossibility—of writing about art. Read full book review >
Released: May 28, 2013

"Perhaps too textually dense for general readers, but the book raises and clarifies a variety of significant issues about the many decisions translators must contend with."
Translators reflect on their work: its mechanics, frustrations, rewards and meanings. Read full book review >
THE ASSISTANT by Robert Walser
Released: July 27, 2007

"One understands why Kafka acknowledged Walser's influence. He's one of the most underrated, and accomplished, of all the great European modernist writers."
The mixed pleasures of introspection and tensions between solitude and society are wryly considered in the great, eccentric Swiss author's previously untranslated 1908 novel. Read full book review >
WHERE EUROPE BEGINS by Yoko Tawada
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2002

Surrealistic distortions of the phenomena of cultural displacement and alienation dominate this elegant new collection of stories by the Japanese author of The Bridegroom Was a Dog (1998). Read full book review >
THE ROBBER by Robert Walser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"At the very least, it'll make your day."
A first English translation of a discursive, playful 1925 novel by the Swiss German master who spent the last third of his life (1878-1956) in a mental institution. Read full book review >