Book Club Meeting Dörte Hansen: Midday Hour

Dörte Hansen: Mittagsstunde © Penguin Verlag

Tue, 26.01.2021


Interested in German books? Join us online for a discussion about the novel 'Mittagsstunde' by Dörte Hansen. New members welcome!

What do we have left when everything we knew disappears?

The clouds are lying low over the geest as Ingwer Feddersen, 49, returns to his home village. There is something he has to make amends for. Grandmother Ella is in the process of losing her mind; Grandfather Sönke is steadfastly holding his ground in the village pub. He has seen better days, just like the whole village. When did this decline begin? In the 1970s, when after the land reform first the hedges and then the birds disappeared? When the large farms grew and the small ones died away? When Ingwer went to university, walking out on the old man and his guest house?

Dörte Hansen has written a warm-hearted story about the disappearance of a rural world, of loss, parting and of beginning anew.

Dörte Hansen, born in 1964, learned several languages such as Gaelic, Finnish and Basque and was awarded a PhD in linguistics. She then turned to journalism, spent several years working as an editor for NDR and is now an author for radio and print. Her debut novel Altes Land was a major bestseller and has been translated into numerous languages.

Source (translated text): Penguin Random House

Who can participate?

Everyone who wants to read and discover German books and share their reading experience with others is welcome. The conversation will be in German. All participants should have sufficient language skills to read and discuss in German.

Participation is free of charge. 


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Technical requirements

We will use Zoom for our meeting. We recommend the use of a headset, as speakers can create disturbing echo effects. Participation is possible from PC and Mac. To participate, simply follow the link we will send you when you register.

Event-Series: Buchclub