Translators > Peter J. Hearn
Born in Oxford, 1949, he developed a passion for languages at school (The Oxford School) and went on to study Modern Languages at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, graduating with an Honours degree in French and Spanish Language and Literature. He then travelled extensively in Europe and in Central and South America, spending a year on V.S.O. (Voluntary Service Overseas) teaching English at the Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia. He developed a lasting interest in Latin American literature and culture, and began to specialise in the translation of literary texts. When he returned to the UK, he taught modern languages at several schools in London.
In 1982 he settled in Madrid, Spain with his young family. He taught English, French and Spanish at secondary school and university level, as well as engaging in teacher-training for several publishers' and educational institutions.
In the early 1990s, he was approached by the Carmen Balcells Literary Agency of Barcelona and began to translate literary works, among which figure Mexico (Carlos Salinas de Gortari, ex-President of Mexico), Intelligent Love (Enrique Rojas), The Journey back to the Garden (Verónica Fernández Muro) and Passion India and The Red Sari (Javier Moro). At present he teaches Translation at an American University in Madrid, and continues to translate literary works.