Who we are

Transfiction is a collective of experienced native speaker translators with offices in Berlin and Hamburg. We specialise in translating and editing literary fiction and non-fiction as well as marketing and communication texts for arts and business clients.

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Lucy Jones

Lucy Jones translates literary fiction, art texts, plays and journalism from German. She has translated a wide range of writers including Ronald Schernikau, Silke Scheuermann and Annemarie Schwarzenbach. Her latest translations include I Have No Regrets. Diaries 1955-63 by Brigitte Reimann (Seagull Books) and Blueprint by Theresia Enzensberger (Dialogue Books, London.) She is currently working on a translation of Anke Stelling’s Schäfchen im Trockenen for Scribe Books, Australia. Her reviews have appeared in Asymptote and Words Without Borders. She studied under W.E. Sebald at UEA and worked as a photographer for 12 years.

Jenny Piening

Jenny Piening

Jenny Piening translates a broad range of art, museum, theatre, travel, business and marketing texts, as well as an eclectic mix of fiction and non-fiction, from German. Her book translations include the business bestseller The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler (Profile Books), The Therapist’s Treasure Chest by Andrea and Filip Caby (Norton), and a series of sci-fi novels by Phillip P. Peterson. She has a background in journalism and editing.

Karen Witthuhn

Karen Witthuhn

Karen Witthuhn translates novels and theatre plays into German. She is a member of Drama Panorama, Forum für Übersetzung und Theater, and a board member of the International Theatre Institute Germany. She has worked as a theatre director, as well as dramaturg and production manager for international theatre festivals. She has translated a wide range of authors including Anita Nair, George Pelecanos, Percival Everett, Lisa Owens, Mark Peterson, M.J. Arlidge and Tania Chandler. Her translations (with colleague Sabine Längsfeld) of the bestselling crime writer Simon Beckett, regularly make it onto the bestseller lists of Die Zeit.

Photos by Anne Meurer.