Philip Boehm is an American playwright, theater director, and literary translator whose career has zigzagged across languages, borders, and cultural divides. He studied at the State Academy of Theater in Warsaw, Poland, and has directed extensively on both sides of the Atlantic. He has translated more than thirty novels and plays, mostly by German and Polish writers including Herta Müller, Franz Kafka, and Hanna Krall. For this work he has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the NEA and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Most recently he has been awarded the 2020 Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize for his translation of The Fox and Dr. Shimamura by Christine Wunnicke.
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