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Mitchell, Mike (Translator)

Works: 96 works in 319 publications in 1 language and 11,780 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Allegories  History  Novels  Biography  Detective and mystery fiction  Paranormal fiction  Psychological fiction  Legends  Epic fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Contributor, Thesis advisor
Classifications: PT2621.A26, 833.912
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Mike Mitchell
The trial by Franz Kafka( )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the great works of the twentieth century, Kafka's The Trial has been read as a study of political power, a pessimistic religious parable, or a crime novel where the accused man is himself the problem. In it, a man wakes up one morning to find himself under arrest for an offence which is never explained. Faced with this ambiguous but threatening situation, Josef K. gradually succumbs to its psychological pressure. One of the iconic figures of modern world literature, Kafka writes about universal problems of guilt, responsibility, and freedom. He offers no solutions, but provokes his readers to arrive at meanings of their own. Mike Mitchell's translation captures Kafka's distinctive style. Based on the best available German text, it includes not only the main text but the chapters Kafka left incomplete. In his Introduction, Ritchie Robertson considers the many puzzles in the novel and the different interpretations to which the novel has been subjected. The book also includes a Biographical Preface, an up-to-date bibliography, and a chronology of Kafka's life. - Publisher
Austria by Mike Mitchell( )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where tigers are at home by Jean-Marie Blas de Roblès( Book )

9 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A writer's family life unravels when he begins editing an odd, unpublished biography, his ex-wife embarks on a dangerous geological expedition, his daughter travels on sexually charged trips, and the writer descends into madness
The lie by Petra Hammesfahr( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After meeting Susanne Lasko, a desperate, unemployed divorcee, by chance, Nadia Trenkler, a stylish Berlin investment counselor, hires Susanne, whom she closely resembles, to spend the weekend with her husband, with whom she barely interacts, so she can conduct an out-of-town affair. Of course, a lot more is going on than Susanne realizes. For one thing, Marcus Zurkeulen, a shady investor Nadia has been tricking, wants the money she stole from him. When the devious Nadia disappears, Susanne continues the deception with scary results
The Chinaman by Friedrich Glauser( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Sergeant Studer mystery
The Himmler Brothers : a German family history by Katrin Himmler( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Himmlers were just a normal German family, middle-class, hard-working and well-educated. There were three brothers, Gebhart, Heinrich and Ernst. Heinrich grew up to become the head of Hitler's SS, mastermind of the concentration camp system and chief perpetrator of the Holocaust. This book offers an examination of the Himmler story
The spoke by Friedrich Glauser( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man is found murdered, with a bicycle spoke in his back. A suspect is arrested but too quickly thinks Sergeant Studer
The Golem by Gustav Meyrink( Book )

15 editions published between 1995 and 2017 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early 20th century horror novel set in the Prague ghetto
The black mirror and other stories : an anthology of science fiction from Germany & Austria( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handsomely equipped with a comprehensive introductory historical essay, editor's notes and selected bibliography, this distinguished anthology is a model of genre research. These previously untranslated stories, published from 1871 onward, offer reading virtually unknown to most American (and many German) readers. Some authors combine scientific and philosophical issues, like Kurd Lasswitz in his witty tale "To the Absolute Zero of Existence: A Story from 2371," while others, as in Erik Simon's 1983 title story, pose psychological puzzles involving alien phenomena. Though the earlier stories in particular demand painstaking reading, all of them repay it with rewarding insights into German and Austrian culture and the many possible uses and misuses of science
Till day you do part, or, A question of light by Peter Handke( Book )

5 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handke's 'echo' of Krapp's Last Tape is also a monologue - by the 'she' of Beckett's play, the 'unknown female' recalling the centrality of women figures in many of Handke's own works, for example The Left-handed Woman. The monologue is prefaced by a description of two stone figures. While the male figure remains 'as dead and gone as anyone can, ' the female bursts into life and her monologue gradually focuses on Krapp's use of language - and pauses - to dominate others: 'you were always the first person ... you were incapable of a duologue' Ultimately, however, it becomes a kind of declaration of love, or at least attachment, to Krapp as the two of them are ultimately 'inseparable' and at the end the male figure starts to become like her - 'or is that merely a question of the light?' As Becket did with many of his works, Handke wrote the first version of his monologue in French; that text is included in this edition
An answer from the silence : a story from the mountains by Max Frisch( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel by esteemed Swiss writer Max Frisch is an exploration of the question: 'Why don't we live when we know we're here just this one time, just one single, unrepeatable time in this unutterably magnificent world?!' This outcry against the emptiness of ordinary, everyday life uttered by the hero of Frisch's book is countered by 'an answer from the silence' he meets when face to face with death. When An Answer from the Silence begins, the protagonist has just turned thirty and is engaged to be married and about to start work as a teacher
Eros by Helmut Krausser( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Young Alex comes of age under Hitler and Allied air raids. His parents die tragically; he narrowly escapes death himself, eventually taking over the family armament business, which continues to thrive after the war. Throughout his life, von Brücken (as he's called as an adult) pines for Sofie Kurtz, the daughter of workers at the family factory, who was his first kiss at 14. For Sophie, Alex is a blip on her childhood radar, but Alex uses his influence to track and even shape the course of Sophie's life as she moves from kindergarten teacher to Red Army Front revolutionary to demoralized exile in the German Democratic Republic"--Provided by Publishers Weekly
Thumbprint by Friedrich Glauser( Book )

3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It's a fine example of the craft of detective writing in a period which some regard as the golden age of crime fiction."-The Sunday Telegraph The death of a traveling salesman appears to be an open and shut case. Studer is confronted with an obvious suspect and a confession to the murder. But nothing is what it seems. Envy, hatred, and the corrosive power of money lie just beneath the surface. Studer's investigation soon splinters the glassy façade of Switzerland's tidy villages and manicured forests. Diagnosed a schizophrenic, addicted to morphine and opium, Friedrich Glauser
Courage, the adventuress & the false messiah by Hans Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A young girl caught up in the turmoil of the Thirty Years War, she survives, even prospers, by the use of her native cunning and sexual attraction. Completely amoral, she flits from man to man, having a succession of husbands and lovers, and ends her life with a band of gypsies."--Back cover
Entwürfe zu einem dritten Tagebuch by Max Frisch( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This could serve as a motto to large parts of Drafts for a Third Sketchbook, much of which focuses on America, where Frisch had an apartment, as well as his house in rural Switzerland. He wrote three Sketchbooks, of which the third was left unpublished at his death in 1991, that record his reactions to events of the time and people he encountered in his daily life. Despite the German title Tagebuch, they are not diaries in the formal sense, though they do progress chronologically but mostly without dates and only contain the pieces Frisch felt were significant. These 'sketches', ranging from a couple of sentences to several pages, are not casual jottings but carefully crafted pieces. Central to them is his reaction to the America of the Reagan years and the threat of nuclear war but another important theme is his own sense of growing old and the prospect of dying; this is particularly movingly portrayed in the decline and death from cancer of his close friend, Peter Noll
September : Fata Morgana ; Roman by Thomas Lehr( Book )

7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two fathers with two daughters: Martin, professor of German, writes but is studying Earth Sciences at MIT; Tariq, a doctor in Baghdad and Muna, is studying the archaeology of a region that is seen as the cradle of civilization. These two parallel relationships in two very different parts of the world expose the human similarities beneath cultural differences. In Thomas Lehr's moving and realistic novel, the similarities between these men become a similarity of suffering as well. Martin's daughter dies with her mother in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and though Tariq survives three wars and Saddam Hussein's regime intact, his family does not-in the last days of the conflict, his daughter is raped, her lover is murdered, and she sees her sister and mother die in a bomb attack. Out of these tragedies that almost seem to define the first decade of our century, Lehr has fashioned a richly woven, multilayered tapestry that not only explores the human side but brings out the cultural, historical, social, and political context within which the tragedies occur. The alternating interior monologues of the four main characters engage the reader in language which reaches an unforgettable poetic intensity
Tumult by Hans Magnus Enzensberger( )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hans Magnus Enzensberger, widely regarded as Germany's greatest living poet, was already well known in the 1960s, the tempestuous decade of which Tumult is an autobiographical record. Derived from old papers, notes, jottings, photos, and letters that the poet stumbled upon years later in his attic, the volume is not so much about the man, but rather the many places he visited and people whom he met on his travels through the Soviet Union and Cuba during the 1960s."--Publisher's description
The radio family by Ingeborg Bachmann( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Radio Family was a popular radio soap opera broadcast in the American sector of occupied Vienna in the 1950s. The programme focused on a middle-class Viennese family and their daily life--from their birthday parties and holiday plans to profiteering and currency fraud in the commercial sector. All 15 scripts have now been compiled and masterfully translated, revealing an early and significant piece of Bachmann's body of work while also offering a rare glimpse into Vienna's quotidian history"
The Babel guide to German fiction in English translation : Austria, Germany, Switzerland by Ray Keenoy( Book )

6 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great Bagarozy by Helmut Krausser( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychiatrist Cora Dulz falls in love with her new patient who, in turn, is obsessed with the dead opera singer Maria Callas
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The trial
AustriaThe lieThe ChinamanThe Himmler Brothers : a German family historyThe spokeThe GolemThe black mirror and other stories : an anthology of science fiction from Germany & AustriaTill day you do part, or, A question of light
Alternative Names
Mitchell, Michael 1941-

Mitchell, Michael Robin 1941-

Mitchell, Mike.

Mitchell Mike 1941-....

Robin, Michael 1941-

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