was born in Tübingen, Germany, in 1944, and in 1972 moved to Switzerland, where he still lives. He studied Comparative Literature and Islamic Studies in Germany and the USA.

He taught Arabic language and civilization at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Züruch from 1978 to 2014.

Since the mid-’80s he has been translating contemporary Arabic literature and in 2008 achieved the publication of his fiftieth literary translation – novels and short stories – mainly from Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and Libya Banipal 32 includes an interview with him on being a literary translator of contemporary Arabic literature. For a full list of now more than 60 novels, and dozens of articles and other works he has translated (books listed in bold) from Arabic into German click here.

In March 2016 he was awarded Switzerland's special Grand Prix de Littérature for Translation, the first time awarded for translation from Arabic. For more click here 

For more information, please go to Hartmut's own website http://www.hartmutfaehndrich.ch/




Contributor's Issues
Banipal No 17 Summer 2003
Banipal No 32 Summer 2008
Banipal No 53 The Short Stories of Zakaria Tamer (2015)


Back
Links | Terms & Conditions | Site Credit | © Banipal 2018
Berlin Literature Festival 2017 and Banipal celebrate 20 years of the magazine

Latest News

24/04/2018

Ibrahim Nasrallah wins 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

[read more]
07/03/2018

Sheikh Zayed Book Award announces the 2018 Shortlists

[read more]
26/02/2018

Shortlist Announced for IPAF 2018

[read more]
22/02/2018

On 3 March: Three award-winning translators to discuss "Translating Arabic Fiction Today"

[read more]
17/01/2018

Longlist for 2018 IPAF announced

[read more]
10/01/2018

Robin Moger is winner of 2017 Saif Ghobash Banipal Translation Prize

[read more]
[read all news stories]