Author Talk Theresia Enzensberger and Elvia Wilk in Conversation

Theresia Enzensberger, Blueprint © Dialogue Books, Rosanna Graf


Goethe-Institut New York

As part of the 2018-2019 initiative "Year of German-American Friendship (Deutschlandjahr)," encompassed by the motto #WunderbarTogether, the Goethe-Institut New York invites you to a conversation between author Theresia Enzensberger and writer Elvia Wilk about Enzensbeger's first novel, Blueprint. This engagement is part of the BOOKS FIRST program, which seeks to bring awareness of German-language literature to the English-speaking world. It also is part of our celebration of the 100-year birthday of Bauhaus.

Blueprint (Blaupause) is about the young and inquisitive Luise Schilling, who arrives at Weimar's Bauhaus University at the beginning of the turbulent twenties. She takes classes with professors such as Gropius and Kandinsky and throws herself into the dreams and ideas of her epoch. From technology to art, communism to the avant-garde, populism to the youth movement, Luise encounters the social utopias that still shape us to the present day. She has ambitions of achieving a great deal in life - but little of it has to do with paying homage to great men.

Theresia Enzensberger: Blaupause, Carl Hanser Verlag, 2017 - Blueprint, Dialogue Books, 2019. Translated by Lucy Renner Jones.

Theresia Enzensberger was born in 1986 in Munich and now lives in Berlin. She studied film at Bard College in New York and works as a freelance journalist for publications including the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Zeit Online, Krautreporter and Monopol. In 2014 she founded the award-winning BLOCK magazine.

Elvia Wilk is a writer and editor living in New York. She contributes to publications like Frieze, Mousse, Metropolis, Artforum, and Zeit Online. From 2012 to 2016 she was a founding editor at uncube magazine and from 2016 to 2018 she was the publications editor for transmediale as well as a contributing editor at Rhizome. She is currently a contributing editor at e-flux journal.