Discussion International Online Book Club: Meet the Author

"Desintergriert euch!" book cover © Hanser Verlag

Tue, 14.12.2021



"Desintegriert euch!" by MAX CZOLLEK

For our 13th international online book club meeting on December 14, we've invited author Max Czollek to read his book Desintegriert euch!


Max Czollek's startling and thought-provoking book - a wild testimony from the Jewish scene - changes the debate about integration and belonging.
Max Czollek is thirty, Jewish and angry. Why? Because strange rules prevail in his home country of Germany: a good migrant is one  who speaks in an enlightened way about women's oppression, Islamism and democracy; a good Jew is one who always speaks out about anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Israel. This 'performance' of an integrated society establishes the image of a purified society, despite the contemporaneous rise of a 'people's' populist party. Max Czollek's polemic outlines a strategy to end this 'performed integrated society': disintegration. Desintegriert euch! (Disintegrate yourselves!) is a rallying cry from the new Jewish scene and at the same time an attack against the vision of a one-size-fits-all 'Leitkultur' (dominant culture). This furiously controversial book is the polemic of the hour.



Max Czollek © Konstantin Börne Max Czollek was born in Berlin in 1987. He is a member of the poetry collective G13 and co-editor of the journal Jalta - Positionen zur jüdischen Gegenwart. With Sasha Marianna Salzmann he curated the Disintegration Congress in 2016 and the Radical Jewish Culture Days at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in 2017. The poetry volumes Druckkammern, Jubeljahre, and Grenzwerte were published by Verlagshaus Berlin, and the non-fiction book Desintegriert euch! was published by Hanser in 2018.  In 2020, his book Gegenwartsbewältigung was published.



Everyone who wants to read and discover German literature, meet authors and share their reading experience with others - even if you haven't read the book yet. The book club will be held in German. All participants should have sufficient language skills to read and discuss in German. Register by clicking on the 'Register Here' link below:



We will use Zoom for our meeting. We recommend using a headset, as speakers can create distracting echo effects. Participation is possible from PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. To participate, simply follow the link we will send you after registration and sign in to the room.