Reading + Discussion
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Discussion with Senthuran Varatharajah, and reception following the reading
Author and current Villa Aurora Fellow Senthuran Varatharajah will read and discuss excerpts from a forthcoming English translation of his debut novel Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen
About Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen
Completely by accident, Senthil Vasuthevan and Valmira Surroi start a conversation on Facebook. Senthil is working on his doctorate in philosophy in Berlin, Valmira is studying art history in Marburg. For seven days they tell one another about their lives, never meeting in person. Their messages touch on their families, fleeing from civil wars, their childhood in refugee homes and their times of school and study. In his debut novel, Senthuran Varatharajah writes insightfully about origins and arrival, remembrance and forgetting, and about the cracks in our lives which only time can reveal. Searching for a language of one’s own – a poetic dialogue about spaces of asylum.
fled with his family to Germany at the age of four months. He studied philosophy, theology and cultural studies in Marburg, Berlin and London. In 2016 he published his debut novel "Vor der Zunahme der Zeichen" (S. Fischer). Among others it was awarded with the 3Sat Prize at the "38th Days of German-Language Literature", the Alfred Doblin Fellowship of the Berlin Academy of Arts, the Berlin Senate Fellowship, the Kranichsteiner Literaturförderpreis, the Bremer Literaturförderpreis, the Chamisso Award and the Rauriser Literaturpreis. Varatharajah lives and works in Berlin.
With this reading, the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles continues its collaboration with the Villa Aurora’s artist-in-residence program. Under the label “Villa @ Goethe,” artists residing at the Villa Aurora have the opportunity to showcase their projects (past, present, and future) with the friends, patrons and guests here at the Goethe-Institut. The Villa Aurora is anartists’ residence and historic landmark located in the former home of exiled German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta.
To promote and foster German-American cultural exchange and to remember the European exiles that settled in Southern California, Villa Aurora offers a variety of public lectures, screenings and performances.
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