When Emil Fleischer, the Yiddish actor, left the Lager after a two-year period in which he suffered privations nobody can ever anticipate, his first thought was to find a decent bed to sleep in. Despite the real blessing it was to be alive, his second thought was to travel back to see a place he dea…
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Translated by Peter Bush
Peter Bush is a freelance translator living in Barcelona. His translations from Portuguese include Turbulence by Chico Buarque and Equator by Miguel Sousa Tavares, which was awarded the Calouste Gulbenkian Prize for Portuguese Translation. Recently he has translated Ramón del Valle-Inclán's Tyrant Banderas from Spanish, and Teresa Solana's The Sound of One Hand Clapping and Quim Monzo's A Thousand Morons from Catalan.More about the translator →