Meet the Author #8: Leif Randt

Book cover: Allegro Pastell © Kiepenheuer & Witsch

Tue, 13.04.2021


Allegro Pastell

For the eighth meeting of our international club on 13 April, we have invited the author Leif Randt to read his book Allegro Pastell with us.


Leif Randt talks about happiness. About Tanja and Jerome, about reality and badminton, about ideal conditions and each other's weddings. A love story from the late decade. Tanja Arnheim, whose debut novel PanoptikumNeu enjoys cult status, will be thirty in a few weeks. With a view of Berlin's Volkspark Hasenheide, she is waiting for an explosive idea for her new book. Her five-year-old friend, the sought-after web designer Jerome Daimler, lives in his parents' bungalow in Maintal and is increasingly trying to understand his life as a spiritual retreat. The long-distance relationship between the two looks flawless. They stay closely connected to one another via text and images and visit each other for long weekends in their respective realities. Jogging through the nature reserve and meditation in the Main Valley in southern Hesse, constant drifting communication and sex-positive going out in Berlin - Jerome and Tanja are there for each other, but not lost to each other. Parents, friends and depressed siblings reflect a suffering to which Tanja and Jerome remain largely immune. But the desire to preserve their affection without it becoming staid or painful existential poses a great challenge for the couple.


Leif Randt © Zuzanna Kałużna Leif Randt,
born 1983 in Frankfurt a.M., is a German author. The utopias Planet Magnon (2015), Shimmering Dunst über CobyCounty (2011) and the London novel Leuchtspielhaus (2009) have already been published. His work was most recently awarded the Erich Fried Prize (2016) and residency grants in Japan (2016) and Ireland (2019). Since 2017 he has co-curated the PDF and video label


Everyone who wants to read and discover German-language literature, meet authors and share their reading experience with others. The book club takes place in German. All participants should have sufficient language skills to read and discuss in German.

Registration takes place here:


You will then receive a link to the online live session.


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