Seeking Connection: Literature from Germany and SwitzerlandSunday, May 5 | 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Hotel Shattuck Plaza - Boiler Room
Where is my place in the world? Where do I belong? Four distinct voices from Germany and Switzerland explore these questions in their work, all bestsellers in Europe. In “Maybe Esther,” Katja Petrowskaja creates a kind of literary family tree, in luminous prose delving into legends and history. Takis Würger’s “The Club” is a smoldering story of class, privilege, love, and moral ambiguity, centered around an elite club at Cambridge University. In Dorothee Elmiger’s “Shift Sleepers,” refugees, workers, inspectors, artists, and ghosts meet in a forest and converse about the meaning of homeland, safety, happiness, and more. In “Belonging,” Nora Krug confronts the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history. Come discover these new voices in translation, one of the most exciting areas in literature today.
With the support of the initiative “Wunderbar Together,“ initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI); the Goethe-Institut San Francisco; Goethe-Institut’s translation support program “Books First”; also supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco and Pro Helvetia