Saturday, June 22, 2013

Found in translation

It was just over a year ago that on this blog I shared with you in this post my delight at having discovered the work of the Munich novelist, Oliver Pötzsch. The GoodReads website notes...

",,,he is a writer and filmmaker. After high school he attended the German School of Journalism in Munich from 1992 to 1997. He then worked for Radio Bavaria. In addition to his professional activities in radio and television, Pötzsch researched his family history. He is a descendant of the Kuisle, from the 16th to the 19th Century a famous dynasty of executioners in Schongau."

A couple of days ago this...

Amazon Publishing has announced that Oliver Pötzsch... whose Hangman’s Daughter series includes The Hangman’s Daughter (2010), The Dark Monk (2012), and The Beggar King (2013)... has become the first Amazon Publishing author to sell one million copies in combined print, audio, and Kindle English language editions worldwide.

Amazon Crossing is the imprint introducing readers to emerging and established authors from around the world with translations of foreign language books.

 I think this is an admirable initiative. The fact that it is a Munich author who has achieved this success is, of course, gratifying. The city is known for superlative football, amazing automobiles, the world's best beer and now for storytelling which seems to have found in translation the readership it deserves,

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