Goethe Book Club Marc Elsberg’s Blackout (German 2012 / English 2017)

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Tue, 09/26/2017

Goethe-Institut Washington

1990 K Street NW, Suite 03
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)
Washington, DC 20006

Read and discuss works by contemporary German authors in this series hosted by the Goethe-Institut. All books can be read in recent English translation or in the German original; discussion will be in English. Led by local German professor Amanda Sheffer (The Catholic University of America), this book club focuses on contemporary fiction and will explore experiences and thoughts about the text.

A Spiegel magazine best seller, Blackout is a thriller that has been translated into 17 languages and has sold over 2 million copies. Marc Elsberg’s debut novel is not only fast-paced and action-packed, but also contemplates difficult moral issues during a disaster, namely if the electrical grid in Europe failed. Day by day, the story takes you through the power failure’s investigation to find out who or what is behind the blackout. Bringing together technology, politics, and action, the novel will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next.

Marc Elsberg (b. 1967) is a Berlin-based Austrian author. He studied at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna and worked in advertising. In addition to Blackout, he has written Zero (2016) and Helix (2016). He read from the English translation this year at the Austrian Embassy Washington.

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In cooperation with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America.