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Don’t break my heart

Mario Giordano discusses the relationship between author and translator

The German Language Society is honoured to present a prominent German author Mario Giordiano. His work has been published worldwide and translated in many languages.

Mario will explain his experience writing novels, books for children and screenplays. What makes a relationship between the author and translator special and what needs to be avoided?

We will review Mario Giordano's work: Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions / Tante Poldi und die sizilianischen Löwen. Der erste Teil.

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is his first novel translated into English, was an IndieNext Pick, a B&N Discover Selection, an Amazon Top Ten Best Books  of the Month, and a Costco Staff Pick

John Maxwell Brownjohn (April 1929 - January 2020) translated Mario’s first novel into English. The novel was also translated into Polish, Latvian, Dutch, Italian, French, Czech. And maybe there is a chance for you to translate it as well?

We kindly invite you to read the book in advance, you can purchase it for example here:

English version: 

or in other online bookstores worldwide and of course via Amazon

After the conversation we'll enjoy a vivid discussion in English. Mario is looking forward to all your questions!

Synopsis: On her sixtieth birthday, Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily, intending to while away the rest of her days with good wine, a view of the sea, and few visitors. But Sicily isn’t quite the tranquil island she thought it would be. When her handsome young handyman goes missing—and is discovered murdered—she can’t help but ask questions…

MARIO GIORDANO, son of Italian immigrants, is one of Germany’s most versatile novelists and screenwriters. With his “Auntie Poldi”  murder mysteries, he regularly ranks on the bestseller lists in Germany and the US . Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions, his first novel translated into English, was an IndieNext Pick, a B&N Discover Selection, an Amazon Top Ten Best Book of the Month, and a Costco Staff Pick.

Mario Giordano has written over 25 novels, children’s-books, books for young adult readers and fact-books about art. Many of his books were translated or adapted as films.

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November 25th, 2021 7:30 PM
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Category German Language Society
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CIOL German Language Society