Read his story in TSAR’s Fall 2015 issue.
Peter Wortsman is the author of work in multiple modes, including a book of short fiction, A Modern Way To Die (1991); a travel memoir, Ghost Dance in Berlin, A Rhapsody in Gray (2013); and a dystopian novel, Cold Earth Wanderers (2014). He is also the author of two stage plays, The Tattooed Man Tells All (2000) and Burning Words (2006), the latter produced in 2006 by the Hampshire Shakespeare Company, at the Northampton Center for the Arts, in Northampton, Mass., and again in 2014, in German translation, as “Wo man Bücher verbrennt…Reuchlins Streit um das jüdische Schrifttum,” at the Kulturhaus Osterfeld, in Pforzheim, Germany. His short work has been widely anthologized.
He is also a critically acclaimed translator from German into English, including Posthumous Papers of a Living Author, by Robert Musil, now in its third edition; Telegrams of the Soul: Selected Prose of Peter Altenberg; Travel Pictures, by Heinrich Heine; Selected Prose of Heinrich von Kleist; Selected Tales of the Brothers Grimm; and Tales of the German Imagination, From the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann, an anthology which he also edited and annotated; and the forthcoming Selected Prose of Franz Kafka, among other works.
Recipient of several literary awards, he was a former fellow of the Fulbright Foundation (1973) at the Albert Ludwig Universität in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany; the Thomas J. Watson Foundation (1974) in Vienna, Austria; and the Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin (2010).
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