surviving uncertain fates

Donal McLaughlin
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Born in 1961 in Northern Ireland, and resident in Scotland since 1970, Donal McLaughlin was Scottish PEN's first-ever écrivain sans frontières and a winner of the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award in 2003. More recently, he has represented the City of Glasgow in both Berne and Nuremberg. Known for his short stories, he has completed a first novel, LANZAROTE. His translation work includes collaborating with Chris Dolan on THE READER, a stage version of Bernhard Schlink's best-selling novel, DER VORLESER; and SHARDS, a bilingual edition of the poetry of Stella Rotenberg, for which he received an award from the Federal Chancellery in Vienna. A previous existence as a Germanist included academic publications on post-1945 German fiction and on German-speaking exiles to the UK (1933-45). Donal has also edited selections of contemporary writing from Scotland, Slovenia and Latvia.





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