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Isabel Fargo Cole

Isabel Fargo Cole was born in Galena, Illinois, USA, in 1973 and has lived in Berlin as a freelance writer and translator since 1995. Since 2006, she writes primarily in German, her short fiction has been published in several journals. Cole has translated books from Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Franz Fühmann, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Wolfgang Hilbig and Hermann Ungar among others. In addition, she was co-founder and publisher of, the online journal for German literature in English, and co-editor of the literary magazine lauter niemand. In 2013 she was one of the initiators of the global campaign “Writers Against Mass Surveillance”. Her debut novel “Die grüne Grenze. Ein Märchen” (The green Border. A fairy tale) was published by Edition Nautilus in 2017 and nominated for the Leipzig Bookfair Award 2018. Her second novel “Das Gift der Biene” was also published by Edition Nautilus, Hamburg.

Persephone. artist’s book. Ahrenshoop, 2011.

Ungesichertes Gelände. eBook. mikrotext, Berlin 2013.

Die grüne Grenze. Excerpt from the novel in progress as artist’s book. Neues Kunsthaus. Ahrenshoop, 2014.

Die grüne Grenze, novel. Edition Nautilus, Hamburg, 2017.

Das Gift der Biene, novel, Edition Nautilus, Hamburg, 2019.

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