© Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown was born on the 19th January 1958 in Walsall (West Midlands). He was educated at the Arts Cinema and Jesus College at the University of Cambridge, where he read Modern and Medieval Languages and did a doctorate in French. Afterwards he taught English in Paris and French in Cambridge, until becoming a freelance translator (mainly from French and German, but with some Italian).
His translations are either of works of literature, or of texts dealing with sociology, history, philosophy, current affairs and politics. He has also published two biographies in the 'Brief Lives' series (Hesperus Press): Flaubert (2009) and Stendhal (2010), and two short studies: A Brief History of Biographies (2011) and A Brief History of Encyclopaedias (2011), also for Hesperus Press.
Three questions to Andrew Brown
I became a translator by chance, and subsequently found that I enjoyed the freedom.
My favourite German book is Nietzsche's Ecce homo, as it always makes me laugh.
I would like to translate anything by Jean Paul that has not yet (or not recently) been translated.