The lost avant-garde

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 8.30 – 10.30 pm

Reading and panel discussion (German / French)
Like no other conflict before, the First World War claimed its victims amongst the great intellectuals at the beginning of the 20th century. The avant-garde had been experiencing an upturn with artists such as Guillaume Apollinaire and August Macke – but came to an abrupt end when the “Grande Guerre” broke out.
German and French contemporary authors took part in a project entitled “The Lost Avant-Garde”, in which each of them dedicated a text to one of these artists, posing the question as to what course their work could have followed. What shape would the cultural history of Europe have taken without the great seminal catastrophe of the 20th century?
The Franco-German edition of the “Lost Avant-Garde” stories with five project authors is presented on the “Passerelles d’Europe” literature ship.
Nora Bossong, Frank Witzel (Germany)
Philippe Claudel, Mathias Enard, Philippe Forest (France) 

Chaired by: Sarah Polacci (France), journalist and presenter, Radio France
Cooperation: Goethe-Institut France, Literarische Welt (DIE WELT)
Location: Mooring: Nizza Wharf, Berth no. 1
(directions available from