Anthea Bell


Anthea Bell is a renowned translator from the German, French, and Danish, and the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize, and, three times over, the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation. She has translated Asterix, Hans Christian Andersen, Cornelia Funke, Kerstin Gier, W. G. Sebald, Sigmund Freud, and several novels by Stefan Zweig, including Confusion and Journey into the Past, both available as New York Review Books Classics. She lives in the United Kingdom.

Books
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    The Little Water Sprite

    Though the little Water Sprite lives in a pond full of fishy friends, he’s ready to explore the world beyond. And what adventures await him on land! Just so long as he doesn’t let his feet get too dry as he plays with the mist fairies, slides down the mill race, and climbs to the moon.

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    The Little Witch

    “Once upon a time there was a little witch who was only a hundred and twenty-seven years old.” So begins Preussler’s delightful tale of the little Witch who discovers what it means to be a good witch. “Preussler possessed an almost inexhaustible fantasy, an unfailing sense of humor and situation comedy.” —Bookbird

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    Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill

    Krabat, a 12-year-old beggar boy, is summoned in a dream to a mysterious mill where he finds himself in the company of eleven other prisoners, all apprenticed to a sinister Master who will teach them the finer points of black magic—whether they want to learn them or not. Preussler’s incantatory story of the power of friendship to challenge evil has been casting a spell on readers of all ages since first published in 1971.

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    Confusion

    Confusion is one of [Zweig’s] finest and most exemplary works…a perfect reminder of, or introduction to, Zweig’s economy and subtlety as a writer.” —Robert Macfarlane, The Times Literary Supplement

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    Journey Into the Past

    Ludwig, an Austrian, is in Mexico when WWI breaks out. Unable to return home, he sets aside an unhappy love affair with the wife of his employer and builds a new life abroad. Years later he returns to Europe to find his beloved a widow. “Journey Into the Past is vintage Stefan Zweig—lucid, tender, powerful and compelling.” —The Independent