The Guardian on the Threat to Languages

August 26, 2010

The Guardian has published an article investigating the decline in language learning in the UK, focusing particularly on the threat to German:

Peirene Press and F. C. Delius

August 2, 2010

Peirene Press are holding a ‘salon evening’ with Friedrich Christian Delius on Saturday, 18th September 2010, starting at 7.30pm.

The evening (in London, N19) will celebrate the launch of Peirene´s third title, Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, and will feature the author himself, Friedrich Christian Delius. He will be in conversation with his translator Jamie Bulloch and the literary reviewer Chris Schüler.

Delius is one of Germany´s most renowned living authors, who has written more than 20 novels and poetry collections. He has won numerous prizes and his books have been translated into 17 languages. Jamie Bulloch has been a literary translator since 2001. He will talk about the challenges of translating Portrait, a single, 120-page-long sentence that reads like a page-turner. Chris Schüler´s book reviews appear regularly in The Independent and The New Statesman. He was one of the first to read “Portrait” and had one comment: “terrific”.

Please book early by phoning 0207 6861941 or email:

Peirene request a £10/ per person donation towards the artists’ fees. Wine, potato salad, cheese and cake will be served after the reading.

With special thanks to the Goethe-Institut, who kindly funded Friedrich Christian Delius’ travel and accommodation.