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Conversations about Storytelling and WritingIllustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Conversations about Storytelling and Writing

At the Frankfurt Book Fair 2021, curator Thomas Böhm talked with four of the authors who contributed to “Time to listen”. Guests were: Michal Hvorecký, Zaia Alexander, Antje Rávik Strubel und Colm Tóibín.

Michal Hvorecký © Michal Hvorecký

Michal Hvorecký
Michal Hvorecký as a guest on “Time to listen”

The video of Slovak writer Michal Hvorecký tells the story of an extraordinary encounter in a library. Thomas Böhm, curator of “Time to listen”, picks up on the story, and explores the particularities of the encounter with the past featured in Hvorecký’s new novel “Tahiti Utopia”.

Zaia Alexander © Zaia Alexander

Zaia Alexander
Zaia Alexander as a guest on “Time to listen”

In her video “Missing”, Zaia Alexander shows birds of passage filmed against the backdrop of the cacophonous Baltic Sea, and recounts how in Germany too she comes across scenes reminiscent of Los Angeles, the mysterious, unsettling locale of her debut novel “Erdbebenwetter” (“Earthquake weather”). Zaia Alexander and Thomas Böhm, curator of “Time to listen”, talk about literature that transcends frontiers.

Antje Rávik Strubel © Antje Rávik Strubel

Antje Rávik Strubel
Antje Rávik Strubel as a guest on “Time to listen”

Antje Rávik Strubel reflects in her video on her dual role as a passionate listener and covert story-teller. With Thomas Böhm, curator of “Time to listen”, she talks about her new novel “Blaue Frau” (“Blue woman”), which tells the troubling story of a woman caught between the many dangerous pitfalls of contemporary Europe.

Colm Tóibín © Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín
Colm Tóibín as a guest on “Time to listen”

In his video the Irish writer Colm Tóibín recounts how during lockdown he dreamt his way into a famous house in California, and Thomas Böhm, curator of “Time to listen”, explores the role that this house plays in Tóibín’s new novel “The Magician”.

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