Marshall Yarbrough

Marshall Yarbrough – Translator

Translator of German fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature—diligent, professional, and attuned to the nuance of language.


I have translated books in nearly every genre, from lyrical literary fiction to gripping narrative nonfiction, from thrillers to romance, plus the full range of children's literature, from picture book to middle-grade to YA. In my more than ten years of translating I've worked with renowned authors like Norman Ohler, Ulla Lenze, and Wolf Wondratschek, and been published by major publishers in the US and UK like Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Penguin, HarperCollins, and New York Review Books Classics.

I work diligently and self-sufficiently. When it comes to rendering the nuances of literary German prose into English, preserving the beauty of the original without sacrificing clarity in the translation, I have the sensibility of an artist. When it comes to meeting deadlines, I'm a professional. Whether it's a complex literary work or more "prosaic" nonfiction or genre fiction, I am committed to respecting the original text and producing the best possible translation.

Biographies & Memoirs History Math & Science Music
Children's Historical Fiction Literary Fiction
German to English
  • 2023 USBBY Outstanding International Book of the Year for LUDWIG AND THE RHINOCEROS by Noemi Schneider
  • C2 Certificate (German)

Work experience


Jan, 2013 — Present

Translator from German with more than ten years' experience working in range of genres

Waxman Leavell Literary Agency

Jan, 2015 — Dec, 2017 (almost 3 years)

I represented foreign rights for the agency's authors.


A legendary literary figure who initiated a one-man Beat Generation in his native Germany, Wolf Wondratschek “is eccentric, monomaniacal, romantic—his texts are imbued with a wonderful, reckle... read more
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Norman Ohler

The author of the New York Times bestseller Blitzed returns with a provocative new history of drugs and postwar America, examining the untold story of how Nazi experiments into psychedelics co... read more
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Based on a true story, a gripping historical novel about a German immigrant who becomes embroiled in a Nazi spy ring operating in New York City in the early days of World War II.At the end of ... read more
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Abel and Cain

Gregor von Rezzori, Joshua Cohen, David Dollenmayer, Joachim Neugroschel

Appearing together in English for the first time, two masterpieces that take on the jazz age, the Nuremburg trials, postwar commercialism, and the feat of writing a book, presented in one brilliant volume The Death of My Brother Abel and its delirious sequel, ... read more

Lüftner, Kai

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It's The World's Birthday Today

Christian "Flake" Lorenz

#1 German bestseller"I have no idea how late it actually is. We flew off somewhere this morning, and my cell phone automatically turns off the clock if we're getting close to a new time zone b... read more
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The International BestsellerOn April 10, 2019, award-winning astrophysicist Heino Falcke presented the first image ever captured of a black hole at an international press conference—a turning ... read more
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The Bohemians

Norman Ohler

“A story of love, incredible bravery and self-sacrifice . . . brilliantly told.”—Antony Beevor, New York Times best-selling author of The Fall of Berlin 1945, The Second World War, and D-Day “... read more
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