|I was born in Germany in 1953 and became interested in the works of Karl May after receiving my first Winnetou book from my father. Ever since then I have been a Karl May fan.Since English translations of the Karl May books are few and usually abridged, I undertook to translate the entire Orient saga of Karl May’s works. My translation project started in January 1999 and the initial book took one year to complete. During the following year, an extensive editing effort was undertaken to polish the translated work and ready it for publication.Shortly after the first book was published, my wife and editor, Elaine, lost her battle with cancer. Yet it was her desire to have this epic work completed and so, in 2002, the second book, which Elaine had partially completed editing before her death, was published. Driven by the promise I made to Elaine, I continue the translation of this series.I emigrated to Australia with my parents in 1965 and now reside in the United States of America.The Oriental Odyssey series of books was the first unabridged translation of a Karl May work. With the translators who have joined this project, we hope to publish many more of Karl May’s epic narratives.
I thank the many readers and fellow translators who have helped in keeping this project alive.
Karl May Translations
Oriental Odyssey VIII – Karl May / Michael M. Michalak
Finally! The last volume of the Oriental Odyssey series is complete! Kara ben Nemsi, Hajji Halef Omar and the faithful companions Omar and Osko are hot on the trail of the Schut. The wounded old Mübarek still seeks vengeance, but his injuries force him to seek shelter with Junak, the coal pedlar. Hajji Halef Omar, […]
Oriental Odyssey VII – In the Land of the Skipetars – Karl May / Michael Michalak
This book is the seventh part of the Oriental Odyssey series. Kara ben Nemsi and Hajji Halef Omar face Turkish justice in Ostromja. After exposing the corrupt officials and the fake holy man known as the Mübarek, they leave town after being warned of an ambush plot by two brothers known as the Alajy. Kara […]
Oriental Odyssey VI – In the Balkan Gorges – Karl May / Michael Michalak
This book is the sixth part of the Oriental Odyssey series. Kara ben Nemsi and Hajji Halef Omar continue their pursuit of a murderous band that is in league with the Schut. Along the way Kara ben Nemsi rescues Schimin the blacksmith and his wife. Traveling further, our hero uncovers a smuggler’s cache and falls […]
Oriental Odyssey V – A Short Video
This is the fifth book in the Oriental Odyssey series. More adventures are in the offing within the dark chambers deep beneath of Baalbek. This fifth volume was translated by Michael M. Michalak and Victor Epp will soon transform this work into an Audio book. Here is a short movie for your enjoyment.
Oriental Odyssey IV – A Short Video
This is the fourth volume of the Oriental Odyssey series. Here we are in Iraq with more spellbinding adventures and nail-biting action. Will our intrepid traveler survive the onslaught of bandits and the terrible illness that is carried on the putrid air? Here is a short movie preview of this fourth volume. It is translated […]
Oriental Odyssey III – A Short Video
This is the third volume of the Oriental Odyssey series. In it we ride across Wild Kurdistan and experience many more exciting adventures. This third volume was translated by Michael M. Michalak and will soon be transformed into an Audio Book by Victor Epp. Here is a short movie clip for your enjoyment.
Oriental Odyssey II – A Short Video
This is the second volume of Karl May’s Oriental Odyssey. The journey begun in the first volume continues into what is nowadays called Iraq. We visit the Jesidi [Yezidi] who are also known as ‘Devil Worshippers’. This second volume was translated by Michael M. Michalak and will soon be transformed into an Audio Book by […]
Oriental Odyssey I – A Short Video
This is the first volume of Karl May’s Oriental Odyssey. It is a tale filled with excitement and adventure. It describes an epic journey from Algiers through the world’s largest desert and beyond – a journey that uncovers a mystery and hopes to solve a crime. This first volume was translated by Michael M. Michalak […]
Winnetou III – A Short Video
This is the third volume of the Winnetou trilogy, which was later followed by a final fourth volume that dealt with the legacy of this great Apache chief. This third volume was translated by Michael M. Michalak and transformed into an Audio Book by Victor Epp. Here for your enjoyment is a short movie clip.
My Life and My Mission – A Short Video
Here is an excerpt from Karl May’s Autobiography, entitled ‘My Life and My Mission’, translated by Michael M. Michalak and narrated by Victor Epp. In this short video clip, Karl May, having attained his freedom once more, speaks of his hopes and fears. Would the demons of his past return? Would he be able to […]
Winnetou III – Karl May / Michael M. Michalak
This book is the final part of the Winnetou trilogy. It is a fascinating look at the Wild West, seen through the eyes of a unique author who made it his mission to hold up a mirror so that we might see ourselves and realize who we are. Winnetou, the Apache Chief, who sacrificed his […]
My Life and My Mission – Karl May / Michael M. Michalak
Mr. Michalak continues his epic translation work assuring that Karl May’s humanitarian legacy will be available to an English speaking world. Karl May’s Autobiography is a tale of anguish and horror and is an indictment of man’s inhumanity to man. It is also a journey from the morasses of the deepest and darkest Ardistan up […]
Oriental Odyssey V – Karl May / Michael M. Michalak
It almost seems that this novel is about to lead us to the culmination of an epic journey. Kara Ben Nemsi is preparing to return home to his Fatherland so that he may write about the adventures he experienced. Yet as past events are resolved, a new thread is spun and our quest for justice […]
Oriental Odyssey IV – Karl May / Michael M. Michalak
The living and the those close to death, believing in the magic of their deity, will bury their dead and accompany those who stand at death’s door to those mythical places. They carry their dead, they ferry them in coffins or wrapped in blankets, upon donkey, horse or camel to those mythical places. These convoys […]
Oriental Odyssey III – Karl May / Michael M. Michalak
This is the third volume of this epic series. It embodies Kara Ben Nemsi’s adventures in Kurdistan. The rescue of a prisoner and battles with the local tribes. This truly is a ‘Wild’ country.
Oriental Odyssey II – Karl May / Michael M. Michalak
This is the second volume of the adventures of Kara Ben Nemsi in the Turkish Empire. It continues the tale started in volume one. We visit the ‘Devil Worshippers’ and encounter new adventures under the ‘Shadow of the Padishah’
Oriental Odyssey I – Karl May / Michael M. Michalak
This is the book that started the Karl May Translation Project. It was a joint effort by Elaine and Michael who spent the first year translating this manuscript from the original serial version published in the “Deutscher Hausschatz” (German Home Treasure) periodical. The following year, Elaine and Michael edited the work (read The Trials and […]
A Voice from the Ashes – Michael M. Michalak
It has finally come to this then, my earthly remains are held captive in a bronze vessel. The metal container that holds my earthly remains stands atop my dresser, facing the very mirror in which I used to inspect my visage only a few months before. How many times had I watched my reflection look […]