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Friedrich Torberg

Friedrich Torberg (September 16, 1908 - November 10, 1979) is the pen-name of Friedrich Kantor-Berg, an Austrian writer.

He worked as a critic and journalist in Vienna and Prague until 1938, when his Jewish heritage compelled him to emigrate to France and, later, to the United States, where he worked as a scriptwriter in Hollywood and New York. In 1951 he returned to Vienna, where he remained for the rest of his life.

Torberg is known best for his satyrical writings in fiction and nonfiction, as well as his translations into German of the stories of Ephraim Kishon, which remain the standard German language version of Kishon's work.

Selected works