Alexander Kluge is one of the major German fiction writers of the late twentieth century and an important social critic. As a filmmaker, he is credited with the launch of the New German Cinema movement. Martin Chalmers is a Berlin-based translator from Glasgow. He has translated some of the best-known German-language writers, including Herta Muller, Elfriede Jelinek, and Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
"More than a few of Kluge's many books are essential, brilliant achievements. None are without great interest." (Susan Sontag) "Kluge's genius is for exposing those little interruptions, those moments that escape totalizing systems. whether National Socialist or Stalinist." (Artforum)"