24. ilb
Evening program: Sept 05 – 14, 2024
Young program: Sept 09 – 18, 2024

New Swiss-German Voices: Judith Keller & Ralph Tharayil

Judith Keller: Wild Maneuvers

When a van is stolen from the parking lot of a Zurich shopping center, suspicion falls on Vera and Peli. As it seems, the two friends have committed other transgressions – crimes that involve bicycles, horses, and mermaids and are all connected. A novel full of superstition and original ideas by Judith Keller, who already presented a »fine literary feat about contemporary people« [SZ] with »Die Fragwürdigen« [eng. The Questionable Ones].[SZ]

Ralph Tharayil: Take Away the Alps

Written from the we-perspective of two siblings growing up in Switzerland as children of Indian immigrants, the novel takes a close look at the tension between cultural origin and lived environment. Awarded the Alfred Döblin Medal 2023: The jury stated that »The strongly rhythmic text of his debut explores a language of difference in which unusual turns of phrase and images unfold a poetic power.«

With the kind support of the Swiss Embassy.

Hosted by Lara Sielmann.