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Hans Jürgen Balmes

Reader and Translator

Hans Jürgen Balmes (Koblenz, 1958) is since 1999 editor for International Literature at S. Fischer in Frankfurt. 

Here he worked with Carlos Ruiz Zafón and met him almost every January in Barcelona when Ruiz Zafón came home from Los Angeles to see his family. Of course, they always looked out for Carrer de Balmes, the joke was a shop called “Copy Balmes”. 

Balmes has also translated works by John Berger and Barry Lopez as well as poetry by Robert Hass, W. S. Merwin and Martine Bellen from English into German.  In 2021 he published Der Rhein: Biographie eines Flusses (S. Fischer).

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