European Writers to Discuss German Literature in Tehran

Three Lands, One Language’ is a meeting on contemporary German literature, slated for Thursday, May 4 in Tehran.

Three German-speaking writers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland will participate at the meeting to debate the recent developments in German literature and read excerpts from their novels.

The meeting starts at 4:00 pm at the Cultural Center of Book City Institute in Tehran, located on Ahmad Qasir Ave., north of Beheshti St. The event is open to all enthusiasts of German language and literature, ISNA reported.

From Austria, novelist, poet and filmmaker Marianne Jungmaier, 32, a graduate from Leonding Literature Academy in Upper Austria will be present.

Jungmaier is also an editor and a translator. Her most famous book is ‘The Cake Protocol,’ released in 2015. She is also known for her 2012 book ‘Autumn Wood’s Color.’

German-Polish writer and novelist Sabrina Janesch, 32, from Germany is another participant. She is famous for her first novel ‘Katzenberge’.

Janesch studied Polish language and literature at the Jagiellonen-University of Cracow as well as creative writing and cultural journalism at the University of Hildesheim.

For ‘Katzenberge’ published in 2010 by Aufbau Verlag in Berlin, she won the 2010 Mara Cassens Prize (a German award for debut novels) and the 2011 Anna Seghers Prize (for promising young writers).

From Switzerland, author and lecturer Reto Sorg, 57, will take part. Sorg studied German language and literature, history and art history at the University of Bern and the Freie Universitat Berlin.

Sorg is instructor of modern German literature at the University of Lausanne and editor of numerous publications on literature and art of the modern period. He is also director of the Robert Walser Center in Bern, a cultural institute dedicated to the lives and works of German-speaking Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956) and German-Swiss writer Carl Seelig (1894-1962).

Amongst his latest books are: Robert Frank: Ferne Nahe (Distant Closeness) and ‘Hommage fur Robert Walser,’ a tribute to Walser.

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