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Peter Wortsman

Peter Wortsman is an author, playwright and translator. He was born in New York in 1952. Dubbed a “20th-century Brother Grimm” (Bloomsbury Review) and “a delinquent Hans Christian Andersen” (by playwright Mark O’Donnell), Peter Wortsman’s publications include two books of short fiction, “A Modern Way To Die” (1991) and “Footprints in Wet Cement” (2017); a travel memoir, “Ghost Dance in Berlin, A Rhapsody in Gray” (2013)—recipient of an Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY); a novel, “Cold Earth Wanderers” (2014); and two stage plays, “The Tattooed Man Tells All” (2000) and “Burning Words” (2006). He is also a translator from the German, including “Posthumous Papers of a Living Author”, by Robert Musil (now in its third edition, 1988, 1995 and 2009), “Tales of the German Imagination” (2013), an anthology he also edited and annotated, and most recently, “Kondundrum, Selected Prose of Franz Kafka” (2016). His travel writing was included in The Best Travel Writing for five years in a row, 2008-2012, and then again in 2016. Wortsman was a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin (2010).

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