Michael Goldman

Michael Goldman taught himself Danish on a pig farm in Denmark over 30 years ago to help him win the heart of a lovely Danish girl. Over 100 of Goldman’s translations of poetry and prose have appeared in more than 30 literary journals such as Rattle, World Literature Today, and International Poetry Review.  His translations of Bødker’s novels Stories about Tacit and The Water Farm were recently published by Spuyten Duyvil Press. He lives in Florence, Mass.

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Farming Dreams

Selected poetry by Knud Sørensen; translated from Danish by Michael Goldman

By one of Denmark’s most highly awarded and prolific authors, Farming Dreams illuminates the farmer’s way of life and the decline of family farming. “Knud Sørensen’s formidable literary output bears a vulnerability, an embracing, gentle warmth, and a penetrating apprehension of emotional depth in commonplace events. May his work take flight and find readers around the globe.” — Dorthe Nors, Danish author

Something To Live Up To

Selected poems of Benny Andersen translated by Michael Goldman; Dual-language Danish-English

Canonized, memorized, and treasured in Denmark for over half a century, Benny Andersen’s enduring poetry finds a sure voice in Michael Goldman’s delicate and humorous translations. In Andersen’s universe, spiritual revelations are achieved through the quotidian with heartfelt irony, and Goldman unfailingly translates these juxtapositions… — Katrine Øgaard Jensen, Translator, Editor of EuropeNow at Columbia University

Stories About Tacit

Fiction by Cecil Bødker; translated from Danish by Michael Goldman

A small group of social outcasts form a reluctant alliance on an abandoned farm in 1850s Denmark.

Bødker’s characters are raw and sensitive, unpredictable and universal. The young boy, Tacit, untangles secrets in mythic stories of family, love and sacrifice. Each character has refused to leave me. — Jacqueline Sheehan, New York Times bestselling author of The Center of the World.