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Henning Mankell: Sidetracked

Henning Mankell: Sidetracked

Steven T. Murray (1943–2018) was an American translator from Swedish, German, Danish, and Norwegian. He worked under the pseudonyms Reg Keeland and McKinley Burnett when edited into UK English. He translated the bestselling Millennium series by Stieg Larsson, three crime novels and two African novels by Henning Mankell, three psychological suspense novels by Karin Alvtegen, and works by many other authors. In 2001 he won the Gold Dagger Award in the UK for his translation of Sidetracked by Henning Mankell.

Biography

Murray was born in Berkeley, California, and grew up in Oakland, Manila, Mexico City, and San Diego. He attended Stanford University on a General Motors National Scholarship and made his first trip to Europe in 1963 to study at Stanford-in-Germany in Beutelsbach near Stuttgart. He returned to Europe the next year with the Scandinavian Seminar to study at Krogerup Højskole in Humlebæk, Denmark, and later taught English conversation and American literature at Herning Højskole in Jutland. He received his BA in Creative Writing in 1972 from California State University, Hayward. His first paid published translations, two Norwegian science fiction stories by Jon Bing and Tor Åge Bringsværd in an anthology of European SF from DAW Books, appeared in 1976.

After seven years working in technical translation, editing, and foreign-language typography, Murray founded Fjord Press with Susan Doran and was editor-in-chief from 1981 to 2001 (Marin County, Berkeley and Seattle), publishing mainly Scandinavian and German fiction in translation as well as a few American and British titles.

Selected translations

From Swedish

Jan Guillou · Tiina Nunnally · Henning Mankell · Helene Tursten · Karin Alvtegen · Stieg Larsson · Camilla Läckberg

Jan Guillou: Enemy's Enemy
Henning Mankell: Faceless Killers
Henning Mankell: Sidetracked
Henning Mankell: The Fifth Woman
Karin Alvtegen: Betrayal
Karin Alvtegen: Shame
Stieg Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Camilla Läckberg: The Ice Princess
Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Played with Fire
Karin Alvtegen: Shadow
Camilla Läckberg: The Preacher
Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

Jan Guillou: Enemy's Enemy · Henning Mankell: Faceless Killers · Henning Mankell: Sidetracked · Henning Mankell: The Fifth Woman · Karin Alvtegen: Betrayal · Karin Alvtegen: Shame · Stieg Larsson: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo · Camilla Läckberg: The Ice Princess · Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Played with Fire · Karin Alvtegen: Shadow · Camilla Läckberg: The Preacher · Stieg Larsson: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

From Danish

Leif Davidsen · Martin Andersen Nexö

  • The Sardine Deception by Leif Davidsen, with Tiina Nunnally (1986)
  • Witness to the Future by Klaus Rifbjerg (1987)
  • Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 1: Childhood by Martin Andersen Nexø (1989)
  • Another Metamorphosis & Other Fictions by Villy Sørensen, with Tiina Nunnally (1990)
  • Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2: Apprenticeship by Martin Andersen Nexø, with Tiina Nunnally (1991)
  • War by Klaus Rifbjerg, with Tiina Nunnally (1995)

From Norwegian

Niels Fredrik Dahl

  • The Abduction by Mette Newth, with Tiina Nunnally (1989)
  • Like Thunder: A Play by Niels Fredrik Dahl (produced 2001)
  • A Wealth of Tradition: Jøtul, 1853–2003 by Dag Ove Skjold (2003)

From Spanish

  • Queens of Havana: The Amazing Adventures of Anacaona, Cuba’s Legendary All-Girl Dance Band by Alicia Castro with Ingrid Kummels, US edition (from German and Spanish) (2007)
  • Anacaona: The Amazing Adventures of Cuba’s First All-Girl Dance Band by Alicia Castro with Ingrid Kummels, UK edition (from German and Spanish) (2007)

From German

  • The Philosopher's Kiss by Peter Prange (from German) (2011)
  • Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus (2013)
  • Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus (2014)
  • The Ice Queen by Nele Neuhaus (2015)
  • To Catch A Killer or else known as I Am Your Judge by Nele Neuhaus (2016)

Awards

Jens Peter Jacobsen

  • Jens Peter Jacobsen Prize from the Limfjord Region Literary Society, Thisted, Denmark, for editing new translations of two classic works by Jens Peter Jacobsen (1994)
  • Columbia Translation Center award for Witness to the Future by Klaus Rifbjerg (1985)

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