Author & Translator Damion Searls presents three of his books, translations of Rainer Maria Rilke and Marcel Proust and his recent edition of the Journals of Henry David Thoreau.


Monday, October 24 at 8PM, Spoonbill & Sugartown, Booksellers, 218 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn. 718-387-7322. Contact:



Editor and translator Damion Searls <> is

responsible for three of our favorite new classics in recent years: Henry

David Thoreau’s The Journal, abridged from fourteen volumes down to one NYRB Classic (2009); visionary and personal little-known writings by Rainer Maria Rilke in The Inner Sky: Poems, Notes, Dreams (Godine, 2010);  and now a new translation of Marcel Proust’s On Reading (Hesperus, 2011), an essay on a topic close to our hearts and a perfect prelude to Proust’s  masterpiece.


To celebrate the publication of his Proust translation, Searls will be in

the store to read from all three books and discuss the surprising

connections among these modern greats.


Damion Searls is a translator from German, Norwegian, French, and Dutch and a writer in English. He has translated many of Europe’s greatest writers, including Proust, Rilke, Robert Walser, Ingeborg Bachmann, Thomas Bernhard, Kurt Schwitters, Peter Handke, Jon Fosse, Christa Wolf, and Nescio, edited a new abridged edition of Thoreau’s Journal, and produced a lost work of Melville’s.


Searls grew up in New York City, studied German philosophy at Harvard and American literature at UC Berkeley, and has receivedwriting and translating awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN America, PEN Center USA, the Netherland America Foundation, the University of California, and the Austrian, Belgian, and Dutch governments. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn.

Damion Searls



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