"1.000 Serpentinen Angst" by Olivia Wenzel
For the seventh meeting of our international online book club, we've invited the author Olivia Wenzel
to read and discuss her novel 1.000 Serpentinen Angst
THE BOOK: "1.000 Serpentinen Angst"
"I have more privileges than any person in my family has ever had. And yet, I'm screwed. I'm hated by more people than my grandmother can imagine. On the day of the federal election, I spend 20 minutes trying to talk her out of voting for a right-wing party by making this claim."
A young woman attends a play about the fall of communism and is the only black audience member. With her boyfriend, she sits by a lake in Brandenburg and sees four neo-Nazis approaching. In New York, she experiences Trump's election victory in a strange hotel room. Angry and passionate, she looks at our rapidly changing times and also tells the story of her family: of her mother, who was a punk in the GDR and never had the freedom she dreamed of; of her grandmother, whose life spent towing the party line brought her prosperity and security; and of her twin brother, who was killed when she was seventeen.
THE AUTHOR: OLIVIA WENZEL
© Juliane Werner
Olivia Wenzel, born 1985 in Weimar, studied Cultural Studies and Aesthetics at the University of Hildesheim. She now lives in Berlin, writes theatre plays and prose, and most recently performed music under the name of Otis Foulie. Wenzel's plays have been performed at Munich's Kammerspiele, Hamburg's Thalia Theater, Berlin's Deutsches Theater, and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, among others. In addition to writing, she takes part in workshops with children, teens, and young adults. In the independent theatre scene, she collaborates as a performer with collectives such as vorschlag:hammer
. The title 1,000 Serpentines Angst
is her first novel.
Who can participate?
Everyone who wants to read, discover, meet German authors online 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.
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.