Anne Weber

The Indigo Press is an independent publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, based in London. Guided by a spirit of internationalism, feminism and social justice, we publish books to make readers see the world afresh, question their behaviour and beliefs, and imagine a better future.

Author photograph © Hermance Triay

Anne Weber

Anne Weber  is a German-French author, translator into both French and German and self-translator. She studied in Paris and worked for several publishers.

Anne Weber started writing and publishing in French, but immediately translated her first book Ida invente la poudre into German as Ida erfindet das Schießpulver. Since then she has written each of her books in French and German.

Her self-translations are often published at the same time in France and Germany. In 2005 she received the 3Sat award at the Festival of German-Language Literature. For her translation of Pierre Michon she received a European translation award, the Europäischer Übersetzerpreis Offenburg. She was awarded the 2020 German Book Prize for Annette, ein Heldinnenepos which has sold more than 200,000 copies.  

Annette: An Epic Heroine is published by The Indigo Press in autumn 2022.

Tess Lewis (translator)

Tess has received many accolades and awards including two PEN Translates grants and has been shortlisted for British prizes including the Schlegel Tieck award (2019, for Lutz Seiler’s Kruso, published by Scribe) and the Oxford/Weidenfeld Translation Prize. She has been involved with PEN in the USA, and New Books in German, and has held many positions of responsibility and curation as well as writing and moderating. 

Annette: An Epic Heroine

Annette: An Epic Heroine is written in the form of an epic poem. It is also an epic literary event: a slender book of 45,000 words that describes the life of Annette de Beaumanoir. Born in Brittany in 1923, she joined the French youth communist faction and the French resistance, and rescued two Jewish children in the second world war.

She subsequently trained as a neuropsychologist, fought against French colonialism in Algeria, was imprisoned by her own compatriots while pregnant with her third child, made a dramatic escape, and then worked with Ben Bella until his fall in 1965. She moved to Switzerland where she led a neuropsychology unit and thence to southern France, where she still lives.