With the German translation from Flemish published in 2012, as well as further translations into Hungarian, Chinese and Arabic, the biography had established itself as a reference work in recent years. In the English translation by Brent Annable, published in September 2020 by the University of California Press, readers are now just as "inexorably carried away by the author's honesty, coolness and élan," according to the Times Literary Supplement.more
Book of the year 2020
Jan Caeyers' Beethoven biography is a resounding success, also in its English translation.
Both the Financial Times and the Times Literary Supplement rank Beethoven: A Life among the best books of 2020 – the work is described as "fresh, full and compelling" and as the most substantial Beethoven book of the anniversary year 2020.