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Heinrich and Annemarie Böll as Translators


Annemarie and Heinrich Böll collaborated in translating well over a hundred novels, short stories and plays, children's books and non-fictional works.  


Heinrich Böll discusses this activity in a letter to his publisher, J. C. Witsch, who had warned him against taking on too many translations.  On June 30th 1956, Böll replies: 


"With regard to translation work, I think you are wrong.  I really enjoy it: it is a tremendous stylistic exercise and an excellent way to explore another author's world of imagery and thought.  It does not interfere with one's own work.  It is a slog only in quantitive terms; but in fact 90% of the work is actually done by my wife."



Selection of their translations in alphabetical order of the authors

(Original Title is followed by the title of the German translation.) 


Arcand, Bernhard

- God is an American 

  Die bedrängte Lage der Cuiva Indios in

  Kolumbien (1980)


Behan, Brendan

- The Quare Fellow. A Comedy-Drama 


  Der Mann von morgen früh (1958/59)

- The Hostage (1958)

  Die Geisel (1958/59)

- The Scarperer (1964)

  Der Spanner (1966)

- Confessions of an Irish Rebel (1965)

  Bekenntnisse eines irischen Rebellen  



Cicellis, Kay

- No Name in the Street (1952)

  Kein Name bei den Leuten (1953)

- Death of a Town (1954)

  Tod einer Stadt (1956)


Cooper, Susan

- Over Sea, Under Stone (1965)

  Bevor die Flut kommt (1984)

- The Dark is Rising (1975)

  Wintersonnenwende (1977)


Dickens, Charles ("Boz"):

- Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi (1838)

  Ich - der Komödiant. Die Memoiren des 

  Joseph Grimaldi (1983)


Dillon, Eilis

- The Coriander (1963)

   Die Insel des großen John (1966)

- The Island of Horses (1956)

   Die Insel der Pferde  (1964)

- The Seals (1968)

  Seehunde SOS (1970)


D'Ans, André-Marcel

- Encounter in Peru 

  Begegnung in Peru (1980)


Fatio, Louise

- The Happy Lion's Treasure (1971)

   Das Geheimnis des glücklichen Löwen 



Findley, Timothy:

- The Wars (1977)

   Der Krieg und die Kröte (1978)


Gillespie, Elgy

- Irland (1982)


Hahn, Robert A.

- Missionaries and Frontiersmen as 

  Agents of Social Change 

  Missionare und Pioniere als

  Verursacher sozialer Wandlung (1980)


Henry, O. (William S. Porter)

- Hostages to Momus (1908)

  Geiseln des Momus (1974)

- The Rose of Dixie (1909)

   Die Rose von Dixie (1974)

- The Man Higher Up (1908)

   Der Mann über mir (1974)

- A Sacrifice Hit (1910)

  Ein verschmähtes Opfer (1974)

- A Fog in Santone (1912)

  Nebel in Santone (1974)


Horgan, Paul

- The Devil in the Desert (1954)

   Der Teufel in der Wüste (1958)

- The Saintmaker´s Christmas Eve (1955)

   Weihnachtsabend in San Christoba



Hvalkof, Soeren, and. Peter Aaby

- »No Tobacco, No Hallelujah« 

   »Kein Tabak, kein Hallelujah« (1980)


Judson, William

- Cold River

   In den Wäldern am kalten Fluß (1976)


Kerr, Judith

- When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (1971)

  Als Hitler das rosa Kaninchen stahl


- The Other Way Round (1975)

   Warten bis der Frieden kommt (1975)

- A Small Person Far Away (1978)

   Eine Art Familientreffen (1979)


Levine, Norman

- From a Seaside Town (1970)

  Eine Stadt am Meer (1973)


Malamud, Bernard

- The Assistant (1957)

   Der Gehilfe (1960)

- Talking Horse (1973)

   Das sprechende Pferd (1977)

- The Jewbird (1963)

   Der Judenvogel (1971)


Mandela, Zindzi, and Peter Magubane:

- Black as I am (1978/1981)

  Schwarz wie ich bin. Gedichte und Fotos 

  aus Soweto (1982)


Moody, Anne

-  Coming of Age In Mississippi (1968)

   Erwachen in Mississippi (1970) 


Naidoo, Indres, and Albie Sachs

- Island in Chains (1982)

  Insel in Ketten. Bericht aus Südafrika 



O'Brien, Flann

- The Hard Life (1961)

  Das harte Leben (1966)


O'Crohan, Tomás

- The Islandman (1929)

   Die Boote fahren nicht mehr aus. 

   Bericht eines irischen Fischers (1960)


Plunkett, James

- Strumpet City (1969)

   Manche, sagt man, sind verdammt



Salinger, Jerome David

- The Catcher in the Rye (1951)

  Der Fänger im Roggen (1962)

- Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters. 

  And Seymour, an Introduction (1963)

  Hebt den Dachbalken hoch, Zimmer-

  leute. Seymour wird vorgestellt (1965)


Shaw, Bernard

- Caesar and Cleopatra (1898)

  Caesar und Cleopatra (1965)

- Man and Superman (1903)

  Mensch und Übermensch (1972)

- The Apple Cart. A Political Extravaganza


  Der Kaiser von Amerika . Eine politische

  Extravaganz (1973)


Synge, John, M.

- The playboy of the Western World 


   Ein wahrer Held (1960)


Trezise, Percy and Dick Roughsey

- Turramulli the Giant Quinkin

   Der Riese Turramilli (1990)


Weesner, Theodore

- The Car Thief (1972)

  Der Autodieb (1974)


White, Patrick

- The Tree of Man (1955)

  Zur Ruhe kam der Baum des Menschen 

  nie (1957)


Wilson, David Henry

- The Coachman Rat (1984)

   Ashmadi. Ein Märchen (1985)






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