Programmsparten: Literatures of the World

Wuhan. With: Liao Yiwu and Volker Stanzel

A journalist gets to the bottom of the origins of the coronavirus in Wuhan. Shortly after, he is arrested. A historian starts his journey home to Wuhan from Berlin. After a mandatory quarantine, a changed world awaits him. In his documentary novel, Peace Prize winner Liao Yiwu tells of China

Abdulrazak Gurnah: Afterlives

In his intergenerational saga of war and love at the dawn of the 20th century, the Nobel laureate tells the story of people struggling to maintain their integrity in the shadow of the colonial world order. »Like its predecessors, this is a novel that demands to be read and reread,

Jean-Christophe Rufin: The Hanged Man of Conakry

The Prix Goncourt-winning writer, former French ambassador to Senegal and vice president as well as co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières tells the story in his crime novel of a French consul in Guinea who prefers to drink white wine in the heat of the day and play the piano at

Jean Hanff Korelitz: The Plot

A formerly successful author, now a lecturer in creative writing at a provincial college, benefits in a very special way from the death of a former student. But someone catches on – a cat-and-mouse game begins. »A witty nightmare of a thriller about the dangerous consequences of sticky fingers in

Paul Muldoon: On «The Lyrics» by Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney, lyricist and musician of the Beatles, chose Paul Muldoon to edit his 154 song lyrics, song-related essays, and autobiographical texts-written between 1956 and 2020. Over several years, the musician and the lyricist, both of Irish Catholic background, engaged in conversations about the creative process and McCartney’s output over

Giulia Caminito I: L’acqua Del Lago Non È Mai Dolce

Gaia lives with her family in a public housing apartment. Her mother bets their future on education. But Gaia has to realize that talent and diligence alone are not enough to escape the precarious circumstances. Her vulnerability turns into anger – with devastating consequences. A multi-award-winning bestseller from Italy. »It

Water in Flux

Part I. Kathrin Röggla: »Das Wasser« What does climate change mean for water, the substance on which we depend even more than on gas and oil? In the play of the same name, Kathrin Röggla paints a picture of a society oscillating between heavy rainfall and intense heat, a society

New US-American Voices: Lauren Oyler & Rebecca Rukeyser

Two authors from the USA present their debuts. In Lauren Oyler’s »Fake Accounts«, a blogger discovers that her boyfriend is spreading conspiracy theories on the Internet. When he dies shortly thereafter, she begins a game with virtual identities. Rebecca Rukeyser’s »The Seaplane on Final Approach« is about a young woman

Margaret Atwood und Jan Wagner: Die Füchsin

Mit »Die Füchsin. Gedichte 1965–1995« liegt seit 2020 erstmals ein Lyrikband der als Romanautorin bekannten Margaret Atwood in deutscher Übertragung vor. Beteiligt an der Entstehung des Bandes war der Lyriker und Büchner-Preisträger Jan Wagner. Er spricht mit Margaret Atwood über ihr lyrisches Werk und das Übersetzen. Sprecherin: Hildegard SchmahlSprache: EnglischDolmetschung:

3 x 8: Irene Solà, Monika Fagerholm, Luka Holmegaard

The Catalan poet and novelist Irene Solà presents her poetry collection »Beast«, the Swedish-speaking Finn Monika Fagerholm reads from her novel »Who Killed Bambi?«, and Luka Holmegaard presents the essay-novel hybrid »Look«. The three authors will each read for eight minutes in their languages and provide information about their works.

Reinhard Kaiser-Mühlecker: Wilderer

Jakob, a petulant young man who questions life, manages his family’s farm. When he starts a family with a young artist and turns the farm organic, everything seems to change for the better. But Jakob remains a driven man. »Kaiser-Mühlecker gets close to his character in a fascinating way without

Andrei Kurkov: Samson and Nadjeschda

In the spring of 1919, when the Bolsheviks take Kyiv, Samson loses an ear and his father during a pogrom. Shortly thereafter, he begins his service with the new Soviet police. Kyiv is restless, citizens are robbed by both real and fake soldiers of the Red Army, the suburbs are