Competition: US & Canada
Damion Searls is the author of Everything You Say Is True (a travelogue) and What We Were Doing and Where We Were Going (stories), the editor of Thoreau’s Journal: 1837–1861, and a translator from German, French, Dutch, and Norwegian. Authors he has translated include Proust, Rilke, Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard, Nescio, and Jon Fosse, and his forthcoming translations include a collection of stories by Robert Walser, the last novel by Christa Wolf, and a retranslation of Hermann Hesse’s Demian. His translation of Hans Keilson’s Comedy in a Minor Key was a New York Times Notable Book of 2010, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and won the 2011 Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.