David McDuff


Mother tongue


Translates from

Finnish, Finland Swedish

Translates to


Other language skills

Danish, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish


Academic degree

M.A. (Hons.), Ph.D., Edinburgh University, 1966 and 1971 (Russian with German)


Interests and specialisation

Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Crime/detective, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Publishing

List of translations

Axel. Carcanet, 1989. Original title: Axel by Bo Carpelan. Genre: Prose.

Complete Poems. Bloodaxe, 1984, 1992. Original title: Samlade dikter by Edith Södergran. Genre: Poetry.

Ice Around Our Lips - 10 Finland-Swedish Poets. Bloodaxe, 1987. Original title: N/A by Several authors. Genre: Poetry.

A Valley in the Midst of Violence. Bloodaxe, 1994. Original title: En dal i våldet by Gösta Ågren. Genre: Poetry.

Homecoming. Carcanet, 1993. Original title: Den svala dagen (1961), Gården(1969) and År som löv (1989) by Bo Carpelan. Genre: Poetry.

Selected Writings. Bloodaxe, 1997. Original title: N/A by Mirjam Tuominen. Genre: Poetry.

Snow Leopard. Bloodaxe, 1997. Original title: Snöleopard by Tua Forsström. Genre: Poetry.

I Studied Once At A Wonderful Faculty. Bloodaxe, 2006. Original title: Snōleopard, Parkerna, Efter att ha tillbringat en natt bland hästar by Tua Forsström. Genre: Poetry. translation of "Efter att ha tillbringat" is by Stina Katchadourian

One Evening in October I Rowed Out on the Lake. Bloodaxe, 2015. Original title: En kväll i oktober rodde jag ut på sjön by Tua Forsström. Genre: Poetry.

The Moomins and the Great Flood. Sort of Books, 2012. Original title: Småtrollen och den stora översvämningen by Tove Jansson. Genre: Poetry.

Dark Paradise. Dalkey Archive Press, 2007. Original title: Tyhjän tien paratiisit by Rosa Liksom. Genre: Prose.

The Beggar and the Hare. Short Books, 2014. Original title: Kerjäläinen ja jänis by Tuomas Kyrō. Genre: Prose.

Tove Jansson - Work and Love. Particular Books, 2014. Original title: Tove Jansson: Tee työtä ja rakasta by Tuula Karjalainen. Genre: Non-fiction.

How to Address the Fog: XXV Finnish Poems 1978-2002. Carcanet, 2005. Original title: N/A by Various, ed. Anni Sumari. Genre: Poetry. co-translated with Donald Adamson and Robin Fulton

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Anteckningar by Tua Forsström

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Päivitetty: 18.6.2019