Tess Lewis is a writer and translator from French and German. She has won various awards for her translations of works by Peter Handke, Walter Benjamin, Anselm Kiefer, Philippe Jaccottet and others, including the PEN Translation Prize for Maja Haderlap’s Angel of Oblivion and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
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.