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A reading and discussion with Michail Schischkin

Presentation: Lothar Müller (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Read by Alexander Khuon and Katharina Marie Schubert (Deutsches Theater)
He and she, Sascha and Wolodja, are bound by a summer romance. They are separated from one another due to a war and are only able to write letters to each other which tell of anything and everything: Of childhood, family and daily life, of joy and sorrow. An exchange of letters across places and times. She lives in the present, whilst he battles against the Boxer Rebellion in China at the beginning of the 20th century. In one of the first battles of this conflict, Wolodja dies, but his letters continue to arrive. Sascha gets married, loses a child and writes unwaveringly to her loved one, as if there were a parallel world, as if time were meaningless, just as meaningless as the ubiquitious death. Michail Schischkin was born in Moscow in 1961 and has lived in Switzerland since 1995. He is one of the most internationally renowned contemporary Russian authors and is a guest of the Artists-in-Berlin Program of the DAAD in 2012/2013. His work »Venushaar« received the »International Literature Award – Haus der Kulturen der Welt« and the »Spycher Literature Award«. His new novel »Briefsteller« (translated from Russian to German by Andreas Tretner) is being published worldwide in 25 languages.

In friendly cooperation with the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin

Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, Am Sandwerder 5, 14109 Berlin-Wannsee

Admission: €6,-- / 4,--

Photo: Yvonne Böhler


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