Damion Searls

Longlist, 2022 National Book Awards

Damion Searls has translated several books and a libretto by Jon Fosse—Septology, Melancholy (co-translated with Grethe Kvernes), Aliss at the Fire, Morning and Evening (novel and libretto), and Scenes from a Childhood—and books by many other classic modern writers, including Proust, Rilke, Nietzsche, Walser, Bachmann, Jelinek, Modiano, and Uwe Johnson.
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Where You Come From

ISBN 9781951142759 Tin House Books

In August, 1992, a boy and his mother flee the war in Yugoslavia and arrive in Germany. Six months later, the boy’s father joins them, bringing a brown suitcase, insomnia, and a scar on his thigh. More about this book >

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A New Name: Septology VI-VII

John Fosse, A New Name: Septology VI-VII Translated from the Norwegian by Damion Searls
ISBN 9781945492570 Transit Books

Translated from the Norwegian. Asle is an aging painter and widower who lives alone on the west coast of Norway. His only friends are his neighbor, Åsleik, a traditional fisherman-farmer, and Beyer, a gallerist who lives in the city. More about this book >

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Damion Searls

Damion Searls has translated several books and a libretto by Jon Fosse—Septology, Melancholy (co-translated with Grethe Kvernes), Aliss at the Fire, Morning and Evening (novel and libretto), and Scenes from a Childhood—and books by many other classic modern writers, including Proust, Rilke, Nietzsche, Walser, Bachmann, Jelinek, Modiano, and Uwe Johnson. His own books include What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going, The Inkblots, and The Philosophy of Translation. Searls’s translation of A New Name by Jon Fosse was a finalist for the 2022 International Booker Prize.

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