Jamie Bulloch

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Jamie Bulloch is a British historian and translator of German literature.

Life and work[edit]

Jamie was born at East Dulwich Hospital on 6 September 1969. He grew up in Tooting, attending first Rosemead School, then Whitgift School, where he opened the bowling for the 1st XI.

After studying modern languages at Bristol University, he obtained an MA in Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES). He took a couple of years out from studying to teach French and German at St Dunstan's College in London, then resumed with a PhD in interwar Austrian history,[1] in which he was supervised by Martyn Rady. He taught German language and Central European History at SSEES, UCL, King's College London and Warwick University, and he has written a book on Karl Renner in the 'Makers of the Modern World' series.[2]

Recent translations include Love in Five Acts by Daniela Krien (MacLehose Press), Passenger 23 by Sebastian Fitzek, Dear Child by Romy Hausmann (Quercus Books) and The Capital by Robert Menasse (MacLehose Press), which won the 2017 German Book Prize. His best known work is Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes (MacLehose Press), which was longlisted for the 2016 IMPAC award and 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. His translation of Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman was praised by the Times Literary Supplement.[3] He and his wife, Katharina Bielenberg, jointly translated Daniel Glattauer's hit novel, Love Virtually, and its sequel, Every Seventh Wave, both of which were adapted into radio plays starring David Tennant and Emilia Fox. His translation of The Mussel Feast won the 2014 Schlegel-Tieck Prize, an award for which he has been runner-up on two further occasions.[4] Zen and the Art of Murder was shortlisted for the 2018 Crime Writers Association International Dagger.[5]

Jamie and Katharina live in London with their three daughters.[6] His father was actor Jeremy Bulloch, best known for his portrayal of Boba Fett in the Star Wars films.


As author[edit]

As translator[edit]

  • The Sweetness of Life, Paulus Hochgatterer (MacLehose Press, 2008)
  • Ruth Maier's Diary, Ruth Maier (Harvill Secker, 2009)
  • Englischer Fussball, Raphael Honigstein (Yellow Jersey Press, 2009)
  • Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, F.C. Delius (Peirene Press, 2010)
  • Love Virtually, Daniel Glattauer (MacLehose Press, 2011)
  • The Mattress House, Paulus Hochgatterer (MacLehose Press, 2012)
  • Mesmerized, Alissa Walser (MacLehose Press, 2012)
  • Sea of Ink, Richard Weihe (Peirene Press, 2012)
  • The Taste of Apple Seeds, Katharina Hagena (Atlantic Books, 2013)
  • Every Seventh Wave, Daniel Glattauer (MacLehose Press, 2013)
  • The Mussel Feast, Birgit Vanderbeke (Peirene Press, 2013)
  • The Chef, Martin Suter (Atlantic Books, 2013)
  • Someday We'll Tell Each Other Everything, Daniela Krien (MacLehose Press, 2013)
  • Four Meditations on Happiness, Michael Hampe (Atlantic Books, 2014)
  • Look Who's Back, Timur Vermes (MacLehose Press, 2014)
  • Forever Yours, Daniel Glattauer (MacLehose Press, 2014)
  • Raw Material, Jörg Fauser (Clerkenwell Press, 2014)
  • Schlump, Hans Herbert Grimm (Vintage Classics, 2015)
  • A Very Special Year, Thomas Montasser (Oneworld, 2016)
  • Montecristo, Martin Suter (No Exit Press, 2016)
  • The Girl Who Beat ISIS, Farida Khalaf and Andrea C. Hoffmann (Square Peg, 2016)
  • The Empress and the Cake, Linda Stift (Peirene Press, 2016)
  • Kingdom of Twilight, Steven Uhly (MacLehose Press, 2017)
  • The Last Summer, Ricarda Huch (Peirene Press, 2017)
  • Gunning for Greatness: My Life, Mesut Özil with Kai Psotta (Hodder & Stoughton, 2017)
  • Zen and the Art of Murder, Oliver Bottini (MacLehose Press, 2018)
  • Damnation, Peter Beck (Point Blank, 2018)
  • One Clear, Ice-Cold January Morning at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century, Roland Schimmelpfennig (MacLehose Press, 2018)
  • Elefant, Martin Suter (4th Estate, 2018)
  • A Summer of Murder, Oliver Bottini (MacLehose Press, 2018)
  • The Capital, Robert Menasse (MacLehose Press, 2019)
  • You Would Have Missed Me, Birgit Vanderbeke (Peirene Press, 2019)
  • The Dance of Death, Oliver Bottini (MacLehose Press, 2019)
  • The Hungry and the Fat, Timur Vermes (MacLehose Press, 2020)
  • Dear Child, Romy Hausmann (Quercus Books, 2020)
  • The Day My Grandfather Was a Hero, Paulus Hochgatterer (MacLehose Press, 2020)
  • The Package, Sebastian Fitzek (Head of Zeus, 2020)
  • Passenger 23, Sebastian Fitzek (Head of Zeus, 2021)
  • Love in Five Acts, Daniela Krien (MacLehose Press, 2021)
  • Sleepless, Romy Hausmann (Quercus Books, 2021)
  • Night Hunters, Oliver Bottini (MacLehose Press, 2021)
Jointly translated with Katharina Bielenberg

Awards and nominations[edit]