Take an intrepid German illustrator, add water (but only as much as he can carry on a 450km walk through Australia’s arid centre), and what you get is a superb — beautiful, moving, funny and sad — graphic novel, Der Salzige Fluß, by Jan Bauer.
Take three intrepid Melbournians who found a publishing company called Twelve Panels Press and decide to publish Jan’s book in English, and you get a wonderful opportunity for a German-to-English translator to do something amazing.
Take an amazing amount of luck, and you get to be that translator.
The Salty River, by Jan Bauer, published by Twelve Panels Press and translated by me (Judith Pattinson) will be launched at Readings Bookshop in Carlton (Melbourne) on 27 August, 2015. Jan will also appear as a guest of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. Here are links to the trailer and info about Jan and the book.