Translating Colin Barrett into German

How do you overcome the travails of translating the Mayo dialect into German?

Essay 14th June 2016

Hans-Christian Oeser

Hans-Christian Oeser works as a translator and editor. He is one of the leading translators of Irish literature into German and in 1997 was awarded the Aristeion Prize for his translation of Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy. Among his other Irish authors are Sebastian Barry, Maeve Brennan, Dermot Healy, Claire Keegan, Eugene McCabe, John McGahern, Bernard Mac Laverty, Derek Mahon, John Montague, Paul Muldoon, Jamie O’Neill, Gabriel Rosenstock, Oscar Wilde and William Trevor.