Anthony Vivis (1943-2013)

Anthony Vivis

Anthony Vivis

Obituary of Anthony Vivis (1943-2013) in The Guardian.

“Anthony Vivis, who has died suddenly aged 70, was a renowned translator of postwar German plays that habitually documented mythical misery in the urban jungle while relating to the ingrained tradition of Brecht, Georg Büchner, Gerhart Hauptmann and Schiller.”


Anthony co-translated (with Will Stone) poems by August Stramm, published in the 3rd issue of The Black Herald.


“In memory of Anthony Vivis (1943-2013) theatrical writer, translator of German literature, friend and thoroughly decent man, who recently left us. The contribution Anthony made to English culture through forty years of translating German drama cannot be underestimated. His plays by writers such as Jelinek, Kroetz, Fassbinder and Brecht were performed in London’s West End and elsewhere, he worked for the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company and was a fellow of Clare College Cambridge. Anthony was one of the ‘old guard’ in German studies in and around UEA and was a long standing friend of both WG Sebald and Michael Hamburger. In a way in his more retiring capacity, he constituted the third part of this triumvirate who did so much for the reception of German letters in the UK. He will be sorely missed.” (Will Stone)

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