Monday, April 13, 2009

Hans Eichner

I returned home last evening to learn that Hans Eichner, the author of the forthcoming Kahn & Engelmann, passed away early Friday morning from pneumonia. Though I'd only met Hans once, a year and a half ago, I found him quite charming, and was looking forward to getting to know him better over the coming months. He'd waited near a dozen years to see K&E brought out in English, and worked closely with translator Jean Snook to ensure that it worked as well in English as it had in the German; it is quite obvious that he was a gentle man, of deep wisdom, intelligence, humility and humour. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife Kari and his family.

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