Reading & discussion as part of the Kempowski Days 2024 | Moderation: Dr. Stephan Lesker (University of Rostock)
One of the greats of cinema, perhaps the greatest director of his era: G. W. Pabst was filming in France when the Nazis seized power; he fled to Hollywood to escape the horrors of the new Germany. But under the blinding California sun, the world-famous director suddenly looks like a dwarf. Not even Greta Garbo, whom he has made immortal, can help him. And so, almost through no fault of his own, Pabst finds himself back in his native Austria, now called Ostmark. The barbaric nature of the regime is felt keenly by the returned family. But the propaganda minister in Berlin wants the film genius, he knows no contradiction, and he promises a lot. While Pabst still believes that he will resist the courtship, that he will not submit to any dictatorship other than that of art, he has already taken the first step towards hopeless entrapment.
Daniel Kehlmann, born in Munich in 1975, has been awarded the Candide Prize, the Per Olov Enquist Prize, the Kleist Prize, the Thomas Mann Prize and the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize, among others, for his work. His novel "Measuring the World" was one of the most successful German books of the post-war period, and his novel "Tyll" was also on the bestseller lists for months and was shortlisted for the International Booker Prize. Daniel Kehlmann lives in Berlin.
Admission: €15 | €12 reduced (Warnowpass holders, pupils, students, members of the Literaturhaus e.V. & members of the Kempowski-Archiv-Rostock. Ein bürgerliches Haus e. V.) | advance booking at the other bookshop.
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Venue: Aula of the University of Rostock (main building), Universitätsplatz 1, 18055 Rostock
Start: 6 p.m. (admission 5:30 p.m.)
In cooperation with the Kempowski Archive Rostock, the andere buchhandlung and the University of Rostock.