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Clemens J Setz


Clemens J. Setz is one of Austrias most successful young authors. Born in 1982 in the town of Graz, where he still lives, Setz has received numerous prizes for his work, including the 2011 Leipzig Book Fair Prize for his short story collection Die Liebe zur Zeit des Mahlstädter Kindes (Love in the Time of the Mahlstädter Child). In 2012 Setz made the shortlist of the German Book Prize for the second time in four years. This latest novel, Indigo, is set in a boarding school for children suffering from a mysterious condition known as Indigo syndrome which causes everyone who comes close to them to experience nausea, dizziness and severe headaches. A young maths teacher at the school, Clemens Setz, becomes aware of strange goings on and is drawn to investigate. Here, Berlin-based literary translator Lucy Renner Jones discusses the pleasures and challenges of translating Indigo into English with Setzs American translator, Ross Benjamin.