Translation of Grothendieck Biography

Two volumes of a projected 3-volume biography of A. Grothendieck have been completed by Winfried SCHARLAU, and are available in German on through "Books on Demand" as
"Wer ist Alexander Grothendieck? Teil 1: Anarchy"
"Wer ist Alexander Grothendieck? Teil 3: Spiritualität".
Grothendieck is aware of Scharlau's work and even met him during the preparation of the part concerning the lives of his parents, although he subsequently ruptured relations with Scharlau as he has with everyone else.

In 2013, an English translation of volume 1 by my sister, Melissa Schneps became available on Amazon as
"Who is Alexander Grothendieck? Part 1, Anarchy"
Melissa's translation of volume 1 was funded by Jim Carlson of the Clay Institute for Mathematics. 

The new director of the Clay Institute has not accepted to fund translation of volume 3.  The book covers Grothendieck's life from his rupture with the mathematical establishment in 1970 to his disappearance in 1991 and contains a wealth of information from documents and interviews.

Due to multiple expressions of interest in an English translation, we have decided to use this method to raise funding for the translation of volume 3. Once the project is underway, we propose to create a web page where chapters of the volume can be made accessible to donors as they appear.  Once completed, the new volume will be available on Amazon through "Books on Demand" like the others.

If you are interested in Alexander Grothendieck and his astonishing life, please help to make this happen.
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