Book Reading Reading and Conversation on "The Museum of the World"

detailed visual das Museum der Welt ©Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka

Tuesday, 13.12.2022 at 7.30 PM

Goethe-Institut Colombo

With Christopher Kloeble & Nadishka Aloysius

Save the date for a public reading and conversation with Christopher Kloeble on the latest English translation of his book "Das Museum der Welt" - The Museum of the World. In this conversation with Nadishka Aloysius, we will hear his stories and learn more about his works.

Day: Tuesday, 13th December 2022​​​​​
Time: 7.30 PM
Venue: Hall, Goethe-Institut Colombo
Entry: Free; First-Come-First-Serve

Bartholomew is an orphan from Bombay. He’s twelve years old and speaks many languages. In the year 1854, he is hired as a translator by the brothers Schlagintweit from Germany who, with the support of Alexander von Humboldt and the East India Company, embark upon the greatest expedition of their time, which takes them across India and the Himalayas.

But Bartholomew is also pursuing his own agenda: he wants to establish the first museum of his remarkable, complex native land. And for this, he is willing to risk everything – even his life.

Based on the true story of a huge scientific undertaking by three Bavarian brothers, and brilliantly translated by Rekha Kamath Rajan, Christopher Kloeble’s The Museum of the World is a fantastic adventure that will change the way we see the history of colonialism.

Christopher Kloeble is an award-winning scriptwriter and the author of three novels, a short-story collection and a memoir. He has taught at Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Cambridge University and Hong Kong University, among others. His books have been translated into nine languages. He lives in Berlin and New Delhi.

Nadishka Aloysius is a teacher of nearly 25 years’ experience, stage actor, and award-winning author who works to share her love of literature with the world. She is a firm believer that #representationmatters and strives to showcase Sri Lankan life in her work. She writes for both children and adults, and while several of her books have been nominated for local literature awards, That Easter Sunday won the State Literary Award for Best Children’s Literature Category II in 2021. She also conducts creative writing workshops and school visits to celebrate Sri Lankan culture and wildlife.

Sinhala Translation: Ashani​ Ranasinghe