Storm Tina

The Translator: Denis Jackson BA

Denis Jackson
Reproduced with kind permission of the Isle of Wight County Press

Winner of the prestigious Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize for 2005, for his translation of three works by Theodor Storm: Paul the Puppeteer and other short fiction (London, 2004).

Representing three Oxford Colleges, the panel of judges considered not only the quality of translation , but also the importance of the original work and the value of its being put into circulation in English. The award-winning translation was the third volume in a series of translations of Theodor Storm's works. A fourth volume is to appear in 2008. The translations are published by Angel Books, London.

Denis Jackson , a fluent German speaker with a lifetime's association with that country and with a keen interest in its literature, began translating the works of Theodor Storm when he retired from full-time business. Prior to retirement, he realised that there was no work of the author's currently in print in English, and the few that had been translated, poorly reflected the author's original work. As he explained in a recent newspaper interview: " The writings of the North Frisian author Theodor Storm are among the outstanding achievements of nineteenth-century classic German fiction, comparable to our own Thomas Hardy in their local rural settings. I therefore decided to translate them for myself. " (Suzanne Pert. "Denis's work is never lost in translation". Isle of Wight County Press - 15.7.2005 )

Preparatory to the translation of a Novelle, great emphasis is placed on personal visits to its actual setting(s) in and around Husum, the author's home town in North Friesland. Such local research is considered essential if the final work is to reflect accurately the many historical references within Storm's work as well as to capture its local culture, language and environment.

The translator is a member of the Theodor Storm Society, Husum, the Bundesverband der Dolmetscher und Übersetzer, Berlin, Brandenburg, and the Society of Authors and Translators Association, London.





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