Contemporary Voices: Erwin Uhrmann, Inka Parei, Catalin Dorian Florescu
Tuesday, 14 February 2012, 7:30 pm
Austrian Embassy, 3524 International Court Northwest
+ 1 (202) 289-1200
An evening dedicated to emerging authors in contemporary German literature.
Catalin Dorian Florescu will talk about his most recent novel, Jacob beschliesst zu lieben, which tells the adventurous life story of Jacob Obertin, who lives in a small village in Romania. Conjuring up a family epic that spans more than 300 years, the story touches on themes of love and friendship, escape and betrayal, and how one's ability to love can prove to be a rescue.
Inka Parei will present her latest work, Die Kältezentrale. East Berlin provides the bleak landscape for this intriguing novel, in which the narrator’s ex-wife is in the hospital with cancer and the doctors can only treat her if the cause can be identified. In an attempt to help her, the protagonist tries to reconstruct what happened and is confronted with his own unresolved past.
Erwin Uhrmann will read a passage from his literary debut, Der lange Nachkrieg, in which a young man finds himself entangled in the unresolved death of his great-aunt. While investigating the case, the protagonist finds himself confronted with more questions than answers, engulfed by a past in which he is getting more and more lost.
Excerpts will be read in both German and English. The writers will introduce and discuss their work in English. Moderated by Norbert Bärlocher, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Switzerland.
Followed by a Valentine’s Day reception with Austrian, German, and Swiss delicacies.
This reading is part of the Zeitgeist series, a cycle of contemporary German literature in translation.