I love immersing myself in a story, being swept along by an absorbing narrative, being caught up by the atmosphere – and then recreating it all in German.
At university, I studied German, English, and American literature, language, and culture as well as literary translation from English into German. I’ve also worked in-house at two publishing houses, so I know the book publishing business from both sides.
In 2022, I’ve been awarded the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis for literature, which is a prestigious Bavarian arts and literary prize, by the Bavarian Ministry of Science and the Arts. I also received several literary grants and awards from the German Translator Fund and Free State of Bavaria for my work as a literary translator.
I most enjoy translating crime novels and other works of fiction, but I can also turn my hand to essays and non-fiction.
”Claudia Voit has remarkable feel for the modern, often laconic and supercooled tone of the English she translates: her German renderings of the collection of essays titled “Gewissheiten” by Maria Tumarkin (2021) and the collection of short stories “Objekte des Begehrens” by Clare Sestanovich (2022) captivate the reader with their wonderfully contemporary, terse and fast-paced language, which not only satisfies all the idiomatic demands of German but also reflects the influences of English on the everyday speech of a younger generation. Assuming the role of both language preserver and transformer, as demanded of literary translators, is therefore a challenge she rises to masterfully. She has proven an empathetic, knowledgeable and skilful representative for her generation of language users.”
Bavarian Ministry of Science and the Arts, press release about me being awarded the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis 2022 for literature (a Bavarian arts and literary prize)
“We’re drawn into each world with wonderfully captivating details, daubed through the pages almost as if an impressionist and Dutch master had worked together.”
Die Presse, Bettina Steiner commenting on Objekte des Begehrens, my translation of Clare Sestanovich’s Objects of Desire
“Maria Tumarkin is able to say what needs to be said in language that’s unassuming, resilient and masterful all at once and doesn’t shy away from any state of mind as she abandons narrative conventions.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Thomas Steinfeld commenting on Gewissheiten, my translation of Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic
“The book is so good to read because of the sensitivity of the writing, its fearless nature and how it leads us to the darker places of the story with astonishing ease.”
Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Joachim Hildebrandt commenting on Gewissheiten, my translation of Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic
“Tumarkin could hardly embellish the fate of the people she interviewed any less, cutting straight to the bone with remarkable puissance. And yet, everything seems to flow with ease, even in the most painful of moments.”
A Lonely ManChris PowerUllsteinSeptember 2022
The Transgender IssueShon FayehanserblauJuly 2022
Translated by Claudia Voit and Jayrôme C. Robinet
We were awarded a translation grant from the German Translator Fund for our work on this book.
Objects of DesireClare SestanovichClaassenJanuary 2022
I was awarded a translation grant from the German Translator Fund and received the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis 2022 in literature, which is a prestigious Bavarian arts and literary prize.
AxiomaticMaria TumarkinHanser BerlinOctober 2021
I was awarded a Johann-Joachim-Christoph-Bode-Stipendium from the German Translator Fund and received the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis 2022 in literature, which is a prestigious Bavarian arts and literary prize.
The Cat OrganChristopher SmartIn: “Cats – Letters of Note”Heyne HardcoreMarch 2020
The Essence of MaliceBook 4 of the Amory Ames Mystery SeriesAshley Weaverdp Digital PublishersOctober 2021 (Relaunch December 2022)
A Most Novel RevengeBook 3 of the Amory Ames Mystery SeriesAshley Weaverdp Digital PublishersMay 2021 (Relaunch October 2022)
Death Wears a MaskBook 2 of the Amory Ames Mystery SeriesAshley Weaverdp Digital PublishersFebruary 2021 (Relaunch August 2022)
Murder at the BrightwellBook 1 of the Amory Ames Mystery SeriesAshley Weaverdp Digital PublishersOctober 2020 (Relaunch July 2022)
Rachel AvivDue for publication in 2024 by Hanser Berlin
I was awarded a translation grant from the German Translator Fund for my work on this book.
Jennifer DownDue for publication in 2024 by Ullstein
Claudia Voit MCIL Chartered LinguistEnglish → GermanTranslation • Editing • TranscreationContent Strategy
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