The World at Your Back
Reading by Thomas Melle at the Goethe-Institut Korea
Thomas Melle has suffered from manic depression, also known as bipolar disorder, for many years. He tells in blunt, brilliant language about how he has dealt with the illness, about personal dramas, and slow recovery ― thus providing unusual insight into what a person with the illness is experiencing. In 2016, his novel “The World at Your Back” was shortlisted for the German Book Award and was recognized with the Klopstock Award in 2017. The Burgtheater in Vienna put on a stage production of “The World at Your Back” in 2018.
Thomas Melle is a novelist, the author of frequently performed plays, and has translated works by authors such as William T. Vollmann and Tom McCarthy into German.
On June 22, 2018, the Korean translation of “The World at Your Back” will be presented at the Goethe-Institut. The author will be talking with the translator Ki-Sook Lee. The event will be moderated by Prof. Dr. Yun-Yeong Choi of Seoul National University and will include readings of passages from the German and Korean editions.
The book presentation is part of the Merck Social Translating Project, which was developed by the Goethe-Institut Korea in partnership with Merck Korea.