The Goethe Institute Hanoi invites the award-winning author Jan Wagner to Vietnam to introduce his poetry collection "Regentonnenvariationen" (Variations of Rain-water barrels)
Including 57 poems, Variations of Rain-water barrels, has won Jan Wagner a prize in the category “belles lettres” at Leipzig Book Fair 2015. This was the first time that this prize was given to a poetry book. On the occasion of European Literature Days 2017, we shall present 23 poems from this collection, rendered in a particularly mesmerising Vietnamese translation.
“The beauty of a rain-water barrel is that one truly believes that it gives off none of such beauty. Or one disregards it: the rain-water barrel is yet another one of those objects that one pass by everyday, that sit in a dark corner, that one no longer notices. Yet, it is precisely thanks to these objects that poetry could take shape.” J. Wagner