Jonas Lüscher, born in 1976, grew up in Switzerland, studied philosophy in Munich. His novella Spring of the Barbarians has been translated into over twenty languages. He received the Swiss Book Prize for his novel Kraft. Lüscher writes essays for various newspapers on the topics of the welfare state, nationalism, populism and migration.
Tess Lewis and Jonas Lüscher in conversation with Urvashi Butalia
Swiss-German writer Jonas Lüscher’s work, Kraft, is a social satire on our technological and consumption obsessed age and the roots of neoliberal fantasies. Translated into English by celebrated writer Tess Lewis, the novel explores a German Professor's attempts at winning a competition to be held at Silicon Valley. In a session evaluating world-weary European skepticism and irrational American optimism, the writer and translator give us a glimpse into the process of translating this text and the paradox of ideas and inquiry in a world dominated by the market.In conversation with writer and publisher Urvashi Butalia.