Tuesday, 19 March 2019

The evening will be broadcasted live on WDR 5, hr2, NDR Kultur, SWR 2 and AntenneSaar

Interesting talks, entertaining readings, excerpts from prize-winning works: The gala presentation of the German Audio Book Prize will be hosted for the first time by Klaus-Jürgen Deuser. Over the course of the evening, he will honor prize winners in six categories, including best male interpreter and best female interpreter. And he will inaugurate a new category: The German Audio Book Prize will …

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  • Tue. 19 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Tickets available
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    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

französisch | deutsch

Annie Ernaux (born in 1940) is the great French writer of our time. Following her celebrated novels, “The Years” and “Mémoire de fille” [“Memory of a Girl”], her book A Man’s Place is now appearing in German translation. Ernaux describes the life of her father, his hardscrabble upbringing. Her father is proud when she attends an advanced-level school, but at the same time, it is a betrayal of her parents ... “A…

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  • Wed. 20 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Er war ein scharfer Kritiker des American Way of Life und sehnte sich doch danach, von den besseren Kreisen akzeptiert zu werden. Goldschürfen fand er anstrengend, in seinen Reportagen aber strickte er fleißig am Mythos des Wilden Westens. Er war Klatschreporter und Mississippidampfersteuermann. Niemals konnte er sich entscheiden, ob er Samuel Clemens oder Mark Twain heißen wollte. Als bereits er…

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  • Wed. 20 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Sold out
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Eine Raupe braucht einige Wochen, um zum Schmetterling zu werden. Ein Mensch braucht viele Jahre, um zur Persönlichkeit zu reifen. Wie lange braucht die künstliche Intelligenz, um sich auf den Flügeln selbstlernender Systeme auf die Höhe von Entscheidungen zu schwingen, von denen wir Menschen bislang geglaubt haben, sie seien uns alleine vorbehalten? Längst übernehmen Roboter und intelligente Softw…

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  • Wed. 20 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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Thursday, 21 March 2019

“You’ve never read Doderer? You threw Doderer at the wall after 20 pages? I get it - and yet I LOVE Doderer”. That is how the Austrian author Eva Menasse sees it. Heimito von Doderer (“The Strudlhof Steps”) was a strange character and a brilliant writer. Joining up with the great Senta Berger, Eva Menasse presents an evening about her favorite author, also a fellow Austrian. After this event, you will see …

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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    • Induktionsschleife
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Kein Einlass nach Beginn – Schiff legt ab!

Leben wir mit dem Kapitalismus in der besten aller Welten? Der Autor und Globalisierungskritiker Jean Ziegler (Jg. 1934) widerspricht entschieden und erklärt in Was ist so schlimm am Kapitalismus? seiner Enkeltochter Zohra und ihrer Generation, welchen unmenschlichen Preis wir für dieses System zahlen. Er zeigt sich überzeugt, dass dessen Abschaffung eine kraftvolle Utopie ist, an deren Ve…

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • MS RheinEnergie / Literaturschiff
  • Sold out
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Nuria is a martial artist; she looks after the women, protects them from brutal johns and even from the police. She is paid by Rico Vargas, who controls King’s Park in the center of Madrid. And for whom Nuria’s sister Isa also turns tricks. Vargas doesn’t know that Nuria wants to get back in touch with Isa. In Königspark [“King’s Park”], the multi-award-winning author and journalist Paul Ingendaay ta…

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 19:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

The proceeds go to the Cologne Railway Mission

Else Buschheuer lends a helping hand when others look away: caring for the dying, the old, dementia patients. She takes refugees into her home and works with the homeless. Hier noch wer zu retten? [“Anybody Still Need Saving?”] is a humorous and impassioned story of her journey to the fringes of our society, which is simultaneously a journey of self-discovery. Buschheuer will read at the Cologne Rai…

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 19:00
  • Bahnhofsmission, Hbf Köln, Gleis 1 E
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Opera director Adriana and prompter Sissele often clash during rehearsals. Sissele is on a mission that has nothing to do with the theater, but lots to do with Adriana. For decades, she has been searching for her relatives who were scattered to the four winds after World War II. She is convinced that Adriana alone can help her. Enchantingly, Adriana Altaras recounts the absurdities of the theater…

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 19:00
  • LANXESS Hauptverwaltung | 19. Etage
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    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung

A caterpillar needs several weeks to become a butterfly. A person needs many years to develop into a personality. How long does artificial intelligence need, propelled by self-learning systems, to reach the level of decision-making that we thought only we humans were capable of? For a while now, robots and intelligent software have been taking over more and more tasks that in the past could only…

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

English/German

A US fighter pilot crashes in the desert somewhere in the Middle East. His rescuers just happen to come from the very refugee camp he was supposed to bomb, where he encounters some pretty curious characters ... Mohammed Hanif’s novel Red Birds is a “an absurdist riff on modern conflict with shades of Catch-22” (Guardian). Hanif was a fighter pilot in the Pakistani air force and lives in Karachi, where…

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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englisch | deutsch

In Thailand, former criminal Tom Stilton paddles a canoe down the Kok River, through fields of opium poppies. It is a journey to discover himself and an attempt to forget a terrible crime. Meanwhile, in Stockholm, the young police officer Olivia Rönning is investigating the murder of an entire family. One man is a suspect, but Olivia has doubts about his guilt ... Kallbrand is the latest case …

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Börsensaal der IHK zu Köln
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italienisch | deutsch

Sehnsuchtsort der Deutschen, Sorgenkind Europas: Wie kann ein Land bloß so schön und doch so verdorben und verstörend sein? – eine Frage, die sich angesichts des beispiellosen Aufstiegs der Populisten noch dringlicher als zuvor stellt. Zwei Männer, die Italien eng verbunden sind, versuchen in Erklär mir Italien! dieses Rätsel zu ergründen: Roberto Saviano, der nicht nur die Machenschaften der Mafia du…

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Sold out
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So nah wie nach Thomas Melles jüngstem Buch Die Welt im Rücken lagen Schock und Begeisterung selten beieinander: Einer der avanciertesten Autoren seiner Generation (Jg. 1974) beschreibt schonungslos den Verlauf seiner eigenen psychischen Erkrankung. Kein Roman, und doch große Literatur, weil Melles erzählerischer Furor ihn über die eigene Not hianusträgt. Zugleich ergibt sich ein Zwiespalt: Der G…

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 20:30
  • Stadtgarten
  • Sold out
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This event is in German

In his prize-winning bestseller “To Hell and Back”, Ian Kershaw wrote about the dramatic history of Europe in the first half of the 20th century. In his subsequent book, Roller-Coaster, the renowned historian examines the years from 1950 to today and traces a masterfully described arc from the existential uncertainty of the Cold War to the challenges of the present. Host: Jürgen Wiebicke; German text…

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Kein Einlass nach Beginn – Schiff legt ab!

englisch | deutsch

Viermal wurde das Kopenhagener Noma zum besten Restaurant der Welt gekürt. Dort einen Platz zu ergattern, kommt einem Sechser im Lotto gleich. Als sein Mastermind, Starkoch René Redzepi, die Eröffnung des neuen Noma ankündigte, erreichten das Restaurant innerhalb von 24 Stunden über eine Million Reservierungswünsche. Kein Superlativ ist so stark, dass er von Redzepi und seinem Team nicht spiel…

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  • Thu. 21 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • MS RheinEnergie / Literaturschiff
  • Sold out
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Friday, 22 March 2019

No late admission – the ship will depart!

Writer and poet Michael Lentz extols the virtues of historian and novelist Dieter Kühn, who died in 2015, an author whose work is as extensive as it is varied. Whether with his highly renowned translations from Middle High German (“Parzifal”), his great biographies (“Ich Wolkenstein”), his dazzling novels (“N”, “Stanislaw der Schweiger”), or his audio plays and autobiographical texts (“Das magische Auge”) – …

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  • Fri. 22 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • MS RheinEnergie / Literaturschiff
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Preise für Jugendliche: VVK € 6,50 (Endpr.)/AK € 8; ab 14 J.

Das Ende aller To-do-Listen: Poetry Slammer Sebastian 23 erlöst Sie mit viel Humor von Leistungsdruck, Selbstoptimierung und Gesundheitstrends. Endlich erfolglos – ein schlechter Ratgeber ist ein satirischer Befreiungsschlag für Menschen, die keine Lust auf Fitnessarmbänder und Wunderlisten haben und deren Seelenheil nicht an Lifehacks und Bucket Lists hängt. Bestsellerautor, Comedian und Philo…

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  • Fri. 22 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
  • Sold out
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Preise für Jugendliche: VVK € 6,50 (Endpr.)/AK € 8; ab 14 J.

Das Ende aller To-do-Listen: Poetry Slammer Sebastian 23 erlöst Sie mit viel Humor von Leistungsdruck, Selbstoptimierung und Gesundheitstrends. Endlich erfolglos – ein schlechter Ratgeber ist ein satirischer Befreiungsschlag für Menschen, die keine Lust auf Fitnessarmbänder und Wunderlisten haben und deren Seelenheil nicht an Lifehacks und Bucket Lists hängt. Bestsellerautor, Comedian und Philo…

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  • Fri. 22 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
  • Sold out
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English|German

In October 1940, the young David Sparsholt arrives at Oxford. With the Blitz raging in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove. David and a fellow student forge an unlikely friendship there that will color their lives for decades to come. The Sparsholt Affair from Man Booker Prize winner Alan Hollinghurst is a big, atmospheric novel about friendship, love and art. Host: Bernhard Robben; German…

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  • Fri. 22 March 2019
  • 19:00
  • Brunosaal
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Es geht um den ersten Stadionbesuch an der Hand des Papas, um Helden und Idole, um Bier und Bratwurst, um Liebe und Leidenschaft und das längst verschollene erste Panini-Album. Uli Borowka, den man mit Fug und Recht einen der härtesten Kicker aller Zeiten nennen darf („Ich habe jetzt ’ne Titanplatte im Fuß, damit es am Schienbein des Gegenspielers besser klingelt“), hat sich seinen Spitznamen „die Axt…

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  • Fri. 22 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Sold out
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    • Schriftdolmetschung
    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung

English|German

Shakespeare’s King Lear retold: In her brilliant debut, Preti Taneja tells the story of an Indian clan destroying itself in a battle about power, love, recognition and the future – not only of India. For We That Are Young, Taneja won the Desmond Elliott Prize, the UK’s most renowned award for debut works. A disarming commentary on modern India. “A revelation” (Sunday Times). Host: Angela Spizig; German te…

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  • Fri. 22 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft
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English|German

In Motherhood, Sheila Heti (born in 1978) asks what a woman loses and what she gains when she becomes a mother. She analyzes the question with philosophical brilliance, with openness and humor. “A book for all of you who are considering having a baby, who had a baby, who didn’t have a baby, who didn’t want a baby, who don’t know what they want but the clock is ticking anyway ... This book is going t…

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  • Fri. 22 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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Why do we have such an ongoing fascination with the post-war period? In her award-winning screenplays, Annette Hess has long devoted herself to this question. Her TV dramas Ku’damm 53 and Ku’damm 56 were highly acclaimed. In Hess’s debut novel, Deutsches Haus [“German House”], young Eva Bruhns is called on by chance to work as an interpreter for the Auschwitz trial of 1963. The job causes her to question …

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  • Fri. 22 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Börsensaal der IHK zu Köln
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    • Schriftdolmetschung
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Kein Einlass nach Beginn – Schiff legt ab!

Fühlen Sie sich auch manchmal ausgebrannt, überfordert und der beinharten Realität aufs Mieseste ausgeliefert? Wünschen Sie sich selbst ab und zu zum Mond, zur Hölle oder zumindest als Protagonist eines ordentlichen, mehrfarbigen LSD-Rausches auf die saftigen Wiesen Südschottlands? Dann sind Sie an diesem Abend genau richtig. „Überallhin, wenn es nur nicht auf dieser Welt ist!“ (Charles Baudelaire…

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  • Fri. 22 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • MS RheinEnergie / Literaturschiff
  • Sold out
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Live: WDR5/video live stream: wdr5.de/Live: WDR-TV; 2–7 Uhr

There are books that stick with you throughout your life. No matter when and how often you pick them up, they never fail to move you, they read differently every time and they feel like good friends. Book fans from around the country told WDR 5 about their “friends for life”. For the WDR 5 Literature Marathon, excerpts were combined from 100 favorite books from throughout literary history. They are…

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  • Fri. 22 March 2019
  • 22:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Saturday, 23 March 2019

They pull teeth, apply bandages, jab needles and perform open-heart surgery. But they also desperately yearn for nurses, invent bloodletting and believe fervently in the merits of cod liver oil. These medical men and women appear as diverse characters throughout world literature, as our specialist team will demonstrate: Christiane Paul (a trained doctor) and Dietmar Bär (successfully treated …

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 17:00
  • RheinEnergie Hauptverwaltung
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Sie ziehen Zähne, kleben Pflaster, setzen Spritzen und operieren am offenen Herzen. Sie schmachten aber auch verzweifelt für Pfleger und Krankenschwestern, erfinden den Aderlass und glauben ernsthaft an die Kraft von Lebertran. Dass die sogenannten Götter in Weiß in staunenswerter Vielfalt auch in der Literatur zu finden sind, zeigen unsere Spezialisten Christiane Paul (promovierte Medizinerin) und…

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • RheinEnergie Hauptverwaltung
  • Sold out
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English|German

What does it mean to be non-white in a world where being white is considered the norm? British author Reni Eddo-Lodge (born in 1989) traces the historic roots of everyday racism. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – winner of the British Book Award 2018 and a New York Times best seller – is a wake-up call! “The most important book for me this year” (Emma Watson). Host: Laura Freisberg…

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung

No late admission – the ship will depart!

Italian|German

In Sangue giusto [“Right blood”], Francesco Melandri explodes “several of Europe’s grand delusions”, as newspaper Die Zeit newspaper wrote. The family epic, which received critical acclaim the world over, is the last in an unconventional trilogy. In both Eva sleeps and Higher than the sea, the father was clearly marked by the fatherland. With her colleague Husch Josten, she talks about Europe, fathers, …

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 18:00
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englisch | deutsch

In The Only Story, Julian Barnes (“The Sense of an Ending”) asks deep questions about life and love. Going against convention, 19-year-old Paul falls in love with Susan, a woman nearly 30 years his senior. It is a love that will demand more of him than he ever thought possible. A moving novel and a subtle exploration of human depths. “Barnes’s best novel for many years” The Telegraph. Host.: Bernhard …

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • Börsensaal der IHK zu Köln
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    • Schriftdolmetschung

How does the death of one’s father affect a life? Who was this father? Who am I? The son sits in a cell, writing about his life. Nothing can save him, not even his own writing. And yet everything has to be precisely recorded: that the father is dead, the self cannot be saved, and the story of salvation is a mighty lie. A thousand monumental, overwhelming aspects of the impossible farewell to a f…

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 19:00
  • Altes Pfandhaus
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englisch | deutsch

The only ones to still visit St. Jude’s are bats. The disused hospital in North London, closed for years, will soon be torn down. But in the dusty attic a woman’s body is discovered, wrapped in plastic ... The hospital is hiding even more sinister secrets. The sixth case for forensic anthropologist David Hunter. Simon Beckett and The Restless Dead. Host: Margarete von Schwarzkopf; German text: Ger…

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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    • Schriftdolmetschung
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PeterLicht, “the greatest humorist in German pop” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), turns his attentions to Molière, vaunted as France’s best-known comedic poet (“it’s full of pop culture”). He ground down and atomized “The Misanthrope”, “The Miser”, and “Tartuffe” until he created something new: Today we hear PeterLicht’s Molière monolog, read by Florian von Manteuffel, and songs from the new album Wenn wir alle anders sind [“When …

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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englisch | deutsch

Eight women – mothers, daughters, wives – were drugged and raped at night for years by a group of men in their Mennonite community. While their tormentors appear in court, the women must decide what to do when the men return: Forgive them or flee? Canadian author Miriam Toews, who grew up as the daughter of Mennonite parents, has turned a true story into a breathtaking novel: Women Talking. Host: Sus…

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Brunosaal
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English|German

When 81-year-old Jay Mendelsohn unexpectedly enrolls in his son Daniel Mendelsohn’s course on “The Odyssey”, neither man is aware that this is the start of a truly unique family journey. Father and son follow the trail of Homer – and finally learn to understand each other. An Odyssey. A Father, a Son, and an Epic is a memoir that has received fierce praise from critics. “Subtle and deeply moving.” …

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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No late admission – the ship will depart!

“I notice things. Some of them enrage me. And because my impulse control is often on the blink, I need to vent. My religious symbol is a pair of crosshairs. A razor’s edge is my dancefloor. And my feet are tingling right now.” This encapsulates the philosophy behind the wildly successful series of columns by Micky Beisenherz, which he has now put together in Welcome to the Apocalypse, a colle…

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  • Sat. 23 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • MS RheinEnergie / Literaturschiff
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Sunday, 24 March 2019

englisch | deutsch

Nur Fledermäuse verirren sich noch nach St. Jude. Das stillgelegte Krankenhaus im Norden Londons, seit Jahren verlassen, soll bald abgerissen werden. Doch auf dem staubigen Dachboden wird eine Frauenleiche entdeckt, eingewickelt in eine Plastikhülle ... Das Krankenhaus hält noch weitere unheimliche Geheimnisse verborgen. Simon Becketts Die ewigen Toten ist der sechste Fall für den forensischen Ant…

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  • Sun. 24 March 2019
  • 11:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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We all know her, the woman who gave us Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter and many more. The stories that make us laugh and cry in over a hundred languages, forming a bridge between children past and present. She is Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson Lindgren, the world’s most famous children’s book author. Today, Annette Frier and Alexandra Helmig read f…

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  • Sun. 24 March 2019
  • 17:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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Wir kennen sie alle, die Frau, die uns Pippi Langstrumpf geschenkt hat, Michel aus Lönneberga, Karlsson vom Dach, Ronja Räubertochter und viele andere; die uns zum Lachen und zum Weinen bringt und in mehr als hundert Sprachen Brücken schlägt zwischen Kindern und ehemaligen Kindern: Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, geb. Ericsson. Die berühmteste Kinderbuchautorin der Welt. Heute lesen Annette Frier und …

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  • Sun. 24 March 2019
  • 14:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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No late admission – the ship will depart!

Ever since Ruth took a fall, she and Walter have been living at the Burg Winnenthal retirement home. Walter would like nothing more than to return home right away, he is creeped out by all the fun-loving widows living there. Ruth, on the other hand, enjoys the company and thrives in her new environment. When their granddaughter Sara, a working mom, wins a scholarship to Cambridge and is forced by…

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  • Sun. 24 March 2019
  • 17:00
  • MS RheinEnergie / Literaturschiff
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    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung

französisch | deutsch

Mit neun Jahren wird das Mädchen im Hausflur missbraucht. Es lebt sein Leben in einer privilegierten Familie weiter, wird Schauspielerin und verbirgt den Selbsthass, den es seither in sich trägt. Das Mädchen auf dem Eisfeld erzählt die wahre Geschichte von Adélaïde Bon. Ein essenzielles und poetisches Buch über die zerstörerische Kraft sexueller Gewalt. Bon zeigt, dass es Heilung gibt, wenn die erlebte…

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  • Sun. 24 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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It’s high time to rediscover one of the most remarkable women of the 20th century. Gabriele Tergit (1894-1982), Germany’s first female courtroom reporter, found fame with “Käsebier Takes Berlin”, was forced to flee Berlin, later lived in Palestine and London, wrote the novel “Effingers” in 1951, and gave a thrilling account of the Weimar Republic in her memoirs “Something Altogether Rare”. Fritzi Haberlandt reads…

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  • Sun. 24 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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Five women experienced the fall of the Berlin wall in their youth. Where before there had been borders and restrictions, now there is freedom. Yet this freedom merely seems to be another form of pressure: the pressure to choose. Five women make the most out of life. Life bends but never breaks them. That is the story of Love in Case of Emergency, the new novel by Daniela Krien (born in 1975). Its…

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  • Sun. 24 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • COMEDIA Theater, Grüner Saal
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As a singer, he has wished for an okapi poster, marveled at fans of reality, suffered on behalf of the entire country with “heart crap” and “underactive thyroid”. And besides all these wonderfully facetious song lyrics, Funny van Dannen has also written great literature again and again. The songwriter, musician and painter carries us into a very special and whimsical universe with his latest collect…

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  • Sun. 24 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
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    • Induktionsschleife
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In the middle of annenmaykantereit’s big spring tour, Henning May takes a break in his home town to talk to author Paulina Czienskowski (“Manifest gegen die emotionale Verkümmerung” [“Manifesto Against Emotional Atrophy”]) about the new album, the healing power of songwriting, and the music business during these times when important gender questions are being raised. And they try to decide which came first…

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  • Sun. 24 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

No late admission – the ship will depart!

englisch | deutsch

A grave robber and trophy collector is found dead in his Oslo apartment. When the police open his freezer, they make a gruesome discovery. A few days later, Joona Linna receives a phone call from a German colleague, who tells her of a murder near Rostock. She can’t help but see the parallels with her own case. With Lazarus, Lars Kepler once again proves his mastery of the thriller genre. Host: M…

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  • Sun. 24 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • MS RheinEnergie / Literaturschiff
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Monday, 25 March 2019

Sarah Wiener, chef, environmental activist and organic farmer, is a beekeeper out of conviction. Her credo: Bee colonies are like complex personalities, possessing specific character traits and qualities, and they can teach us how to create a functioning community with values such as solidarity, trust, democracy and division of labor. Wiener tells us about The Life of Bees and explains what…

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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französisch | deutsch

In Zabor erforscht Kamel Daoud („Der Fall Meursault“) das menschliche Dasein mit den Methoden aus Tausendundeiner Nacht. Ismael beginnt in der Einsamkeit seines Dorfes Geschichten zu schreiben und entdeckt schon bald: Er hat die Gabe, das Leben von Sterbenden zu verlängern. Solange er über die Leute schreibt, hält er den Tod auf Abstand. Doch eines Tages liegt sein eigener Vater im Sterben. „Eine …

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 18:00
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Mario Adorf, a fantastic artist and actor of the century, is nearly 90 years old. He has performed on stage for more than 60 years and appeared in countless films, both German and international. His biography, Zugabe! [“Encore!”], is a very personal reflection on his work and his adventurous life, particularly in recent years. It’s about moments of happiness and disappointments, about Germany, Italy…

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • Flora Köln
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Neue Schriftsteller braucht das Land! Unter Anleitung des Kölner Poetry Slammers Florian Cieslik hat sich eine Handvoll junger Menschen mit Lernschwierigkeiten ans Werk gemacht, Klassiker der Weltliteratur zu „remixen“. Und sie beweisen: Es muss nicht unbedingt nachts so spät durch Nacht und Wind geritten werden – das geht doch gemütlicher! Und warum in 80 Tagen um die Welt? In 80 Tagen lässt sich auch…

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 19:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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englisch | deutsch

Master storyteller William Boyd (“Ordinary Thunderstorms”) is back. In Love is Blind, he tells the story of talented pianist Brodie Moncur, who falls hopelessly in love with soprano Lika Blum. A drama full of passion and revenge plays out against the backdrop of 19th century Europe. “Boyd on form is the ultimate in immersive fiction, and Love Is Blind is Boyd at the top of his game. Magnificent!” (Sunday…

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 19:30
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Die Weltgeschichte ist voller Dinge, die verloren sind – mutwillig zerstört oder im Lauf der Zeit abhandengekommen. In ihrem neuen Buch Verzeichnis einiger Verluste widmet sich Judith Schalansky dem, was das Verlorene hinterlässt: verhallte Echos und verwischte Spuren, Gerüchte und Legenden, Auslassungszeichen und Phantomschmerzen. Schalansky (Jg. 1980) ist Gestalterin und Autorin. „Der Hals der Giraff…

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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Warlam Schalamow, 1907 als Sohn eines orthodoxen Geistlichen geboren, studierte sowjetisches Recht in Moskau. Nach seiner Verhaftung wegen „konterrevolutionärer Agitation“ wurde er zu Lagerhaft im Ural verurteilt und in die Kolyma-Region im Nordosten Sibiriens deportiert. 1956 kehrte er nach Moskau zurück. Über 18 Jahre seines Lebens hatte er im Gulag verbracht. Bis zu seinem Tod 1982 hinterließ er ein …

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 19:30
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Der Rekordsommer 2018 hat viele Menschen aufgeschreckt: Ist dies ein weiteres Anzeichen für den Klimawandel? Wie wird die Welt aussehen, wenn sich das Klima noch weiter erwärmt? Warum nimmt die Gesellschaft diese Bedrohung nicht wirklich ernst? Experten warnen schon lange vor einer bevorstehenden Heißzeit. Sie bedeutet für die ärmeren Länder um den Äquator eine extreme Verschärfung ihrer Lebensb…

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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In his films and books, Heinrich Breloer has brought many characters from German history back to life. Now it is Bertolt Brecht’s turn. The two-part series will be the TV event of the spring. Congenial Burghart Klaußner stars as Brecht. Over decades, Breloer talked with Brecht’s contemporaries, lovers, family members and friends, with his allies and those he rejected. And now he has written a migh…

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • Flora Köln
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In her new novel, Sarah Kuttner (“Mängelexemplar”) explores the search for a family, the yearning for the right place and the fact that none of it can be planned. Kurt is the story of a patchwork family that has just pulled itself together, only to be overcome by misfortune. She shares this tragedy with her direct and light touch, as only Sarah Kuttner can write. A declaration of love for those who …

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 21:00
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There are song lyrics whose precise portrayal of heartache or whose revealing insight into so-called elevated railways is so inspired, we want to thank God for them. Or Sven Regener. Ever since the band Element of Crime came along, it really isn’t that bad when winter comes, Birgit and beer are forever inseparably united, or that we can’t drive past Delmenhorst on the A1 autobahn without one of the…

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  • Mon. 25 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

In his new book Kaffee und Zigaretten [“Coffee and Cigarettes”], Ferdinand von Schirach weaves autobiographical tales, aperçus, notes and observations into a narrative whole in which the private and the public spheres intersect, interweave and reflect each other. It tells of the author’s formative experiences and encounters, of fleeting moments of happiness, of loneliness and melancholy, of rootle…

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  • Tue. 26 March 2019
  • 18:00
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Brazilian Portuguese|German

An annoying neighbor. An uncontrollable rage. The monster in all of us. In “Gog Magog”, Patrícia Melo, the “queen of Latin American crime writing” (Berliner Zeitung), unfolds a domestic drama of apocalyptic dimensions: A biology teacher in São Paulo is irritated by his neighbor. He begins to stalk the neighbor, breaks into his apartment, and suddenly finds himself with the man’s corpse ... Host: Barbara Mes…

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  • Tue. 26 March 2019
  • 18:00
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French|German

Following the success of her novel “And the Birds Rained Down”, the Canadian chronicler of human fortunes and community, Jocelyne Saucier, is back with Twenty-One Cardinals, a family story of fragile happiness found in a mining town. The author creates a world that celebrates the belief in a self-determined, free, and communal life in the face of harshness. Host: Angela Spizig; German text: Benno Für…

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  • Tue. 26 March 2019
  • 19:00
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In 2018, one of Germany’s longest court cases wrapped up after exploring a dark episode of the country’s history. On trial: the acts committed by the so-called National Socialist Underground. Journalists Annette Ramelsberger and Rainer Stadler covered the proceedings and documented them in The NSU trial: The Record They talk of their work, the colossal trial, and its lasting meaning for us. Ine…

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  • Tue. 26 March 2019
  • 19:00
  • Schauspiel Köln im DEPOT 1
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The most unexpected of events occur in the lives of Clemens Setz’s characters. Through trapdoors, the award-winning Austrian writer allows us glimpses of puzzling phenomena and into the secretive abysses of the every day. We encounter the undead and sentences that make us smack our lips. Der Trost runder Dinge [“The Comfort of Round Things”] is a book full of ghost lights and false bottoms – radical…

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  • Tue. 26 March 2019
  • 19:30
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The great and delightful Corinna Harfouch talks today about a love of her life that has survived all intellectual challenges: the ballad. Just as ballads were passed down for centuries purely by word of mouth, Harfouch’s love of them was kindled by her mother and grandmother: works by J. W. Goethe, Heinrich Heine, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Gertrud Kolmar, not to mention other traditional so…

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  • Tue. 26 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Staatenhaus/Oper Köln
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A speech can set great powers in motion. It can provoke or end wars. It can set an entire nation on a new course. A great speech can bring people together, even if just for a moment. In these times of hate mail and shitstorms, a speech can be of vast importance. “Speeches of Note”, published by Shaun Usher, gathers together the most impressive examples. From Socrates to Meghan Markle – from Roose…

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  • Tue. 26 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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In a poetic and quirky encyclopedia, Dirk von Lowtzow, singer and songwriter of the band Tocotronic (current album: “Die Unendlichkeit” [“Eternity”]), takes stock of his life and of the art that engages him. In Aus dem Dachsbau [“From the Badger’s Sett”], he talks about his childhood and youth, about rebellion and fear, about the death of his closest childhood friend, about wistful wandering, and about his soc…

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  • Tue. 26 March 2019
  • 21:00
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Kein Einlass nach Beginn – Schiff legt ab!

Die Verrohung öffentlichen Sprechens ist nicht nur eine Frage der Stillosigkeit, sie ist eine Bedrohung für die Demokratie. Klug, leidenschaftlich und anschaulich geht Grünen-Chef Robert Habeck in seinem neuen Buch Wer wir sein könnten dem Zusammenhang von Sprache und Politik nach, er erkundet den Unterschied zwischen totalitärer und offener Sprache – und skizziert damit eine Poetik des demokr…

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  • Tue. 26 March 2019
  • 21:00
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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

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English|German

Twenty years have passed since Steven Stelfox, the protagonist of John Niven’s bestselling novel “Kill Your Friends”, went on his murderous spree. In Kill ‘em all he is forced to leave his leisurely jet-set life to get the most successful popstar on Earth, Lucius Du Pre, back on the straight and narrow. The star needs to get his addiction to drugs and sex under control. And he’s being blackmail…

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 18:00
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Saša Stanišić was hailed by readers and critics for his novels “How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone” and “Before the Feast”. In his new book, Origin, he questions his own biography in a number of stories. This is a delicate, sparkling book about the first random element of one’s biography: being born somewhere. And what follows. A book about memory and invention. A book about language, illegal employment, …

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 18:00
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englisch | deutsch

Bei ihrem letzten Auftritt auf der lit.COLOGNE schien es fast, als hätte die Bestsellerautorin Donna Leon eine geheime Mission. Bevor sie sich zu ihrem neuen Fall von Commissario Brunetti äußern wollte, hielt sie ein flammendes Plädoyer für das großartige Buch Rendezvous mit einem Oktopus der amerikanischen Schriftstellerin Sy Montgomery. Nicht mehr zu stoppen, schrieb sie nun für die deutsche Ausgab…

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 18:00
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Come on in to our sparkling Literaturhaus salon! This is exactly where they – the most promising authors in North Rhine-Westphalia – belong. In Description of a Crab Migration, Karosh Taha (born in 1987) has written a novel about 22-year-old Sanaa, growing up in a West German city, finding her way between emancipation and social control. “Combines opulent imagery and casual humor” (Spiegel Online)…

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 19:00
  • Literaturhaus Köln
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What has happened to the once highly praised system of training young talent in German soccer? Ever since the last World Cup in Russia, there are growing doubts about whether this is the right approach, or whether it has become outdated. For former German national team player Thomas Hitzlsperger, who trained to become a pro in England and is the now the director of the youth academy for VfB…

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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In den letzten zwei Jahren wurden Grenzen im öffentlichen Diskurs wieder als Mittel der Abgrenzung und Abwehr propagiert, zum angeblichen Schutz einer imaginären Heimat, einer homogenen Nation oder Kultur. Grenzen sollen wieder geschlossen und kontrolliert werden, nicht geöffnet und überschritten. Die Publizistin Carolin Emcke hat sechs Autor*innen eingeladen, einen Text zu schreiben, der das The…

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 19:30
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Strange noises in the basement. Worms in the salad. Volcano ash over the airport ... You think things can’t any worse? You couldn’t be more wrong. Experience the shock of your life with shrewd, sharp-tongued authors at the great lit.COLOGNE Gala. Because nasty surprises await us, whether at a local idyllic spot or in far-flung countries, during passionate one-night stands or at star-studded din…

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Philharmonie
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Hitler, Scheiße, Lufthansa. These were the only German words Abbas Khider knew when he fled from Iraq. Twenty years later, he is a multiple-award-winning German writer whose writing – although not his voice – bears no trace of an accent. Deutsch für alle [“German for Everyone”] is a humorous book of comfort for all German students, expats and immigrants. And it is an invaluable reference work for everyone …

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • COMEDIA Theater, Roter Saal
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In Lieber woanders [“Preferably Somewhere Else”], Marion Brasch (born 1961) tells a tale of loss and survival, skillfully depicting those moments that decide whether Lady Fortune will smile or frown. Fortune, loss and survival are also the focus of Helene Hegemann (born in 1992) in Bungalow. In an apocalyptic world, 13-year-old Charlie observes the broken lives of the adults. Both authors speak abo…

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 21:00
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Literary heavyweight, provocateur, chronicler of Jewish America – Philip Roth excited his readers with every new book. He wrote brutally honest portrayals of illness, male sexuality and racism. “Portnoy's Complaint”, released in 1969, terrorized the provinces and had intellectuals trembling the world over. And he continued to do the same his entire life. “The Human Stain”, “American Pastoral”, “Sabbath's Th…

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
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Karen Duve’s new novel Fräulein Nette’s Brief Summer was hailed by both readers and critics. Finally, a historical novel that revolves around a multi-faceted, courageous female protagonist. “Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, suddenly brought back to life” and “adorably entertaining” was what the Süddeutsche Zeitung had to say about it. “This is a portrait of a whole era, painted so wonderfully romantically and…

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  • Wed. 27 March 2019
  • 21:00
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Thursday, 28 March 2019

In the continuation of his bestseller “1913”, Florian Illies recounts how Hermann Hesse fled from his marriage on skis, Marcel Proust bribed the critics of “À la recherche ...” with cookies, why Tilla Durieux no longer spoke to anyone but her parrot, and why the filming of “The Last Days of Pompey” had to be interrupted (because Vesuvius erupted). And in 1913. Was ich noch unbedingt erzählen wollte [“1913…

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
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Ingrid Noll, born in 1935 in Shanghai, is one of Germany’s most renowned crime writers. Her cases are always precise portrayals of a particular milieu. Now she is back with her new lovingly ironic crime tragedy, “Good as Gold”, which tells of the darker side of an idealistic group of students who want to establish a rural commune in an inherited farmhouse. When a sack of gold coins turns up, it leads…

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • Brunosaal
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French|German

“I don’t have a single happy memory of my childhood”, he wrote in his celebrated 2014 debut, “The End of Eddy”. Since then, Édouard Louis has been questioning his memory: In Who Killed my Father? he begins to understand his father’s anger as an attempt to escape social injustice. He begins to recognize his father as a man who wants nothing more than to see his son rise above his humble beginnings. …

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
  • 18:00
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In his crime novels, Volker Kutscher masterfully brings to life the sizzling scenes of Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s. In Kutscher’s new book, Gereon Rath is confronted with the king of the underworld, Johann Marlow. Illustrator Kat Menschik has faithfully transformed parts of the Kutscher universe into wonderful pictures. She has illustrated his novella Moabit, which finally reveals the secret of t…

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
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How does it affect you when your best friend gets into a subway heading for West Berlin one day and never returns? In her impressive novel, Wohin wir gehen [“Where We’re Going”], Peggy Mädler tells the story of what remains of friendship and family after years have passed and countries have ceased to exist. An insightfully compassionate book which also excited tonight’s mentor, Mariana Leky (“What Y…

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
  • 19:30
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English/German

How long can you be gone before it is too late to go home, asks Johan Harstad in Max, Mischa and the Tet Offensive. He tells of a childhood in Norway, a traumatic move to the USA and a great love. A world-spanning novel showing that home is something we mostly carry inside ourselves and family is merely a question of interpretation. An incredible novel about attitude, sincerity and friendship.…

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
  • 21:00
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Kein Einlass nach Beginn - Schiff legt ab!

Scharnow, a village north of Berlin, is a proverbial one-horse town. Or so it seems. In actual fact it is currently the center of the world. Shooters hide in wait to destroy the agents of a universal power, murderous books cause bloody devastation, and, right in the middle, a group of allies has suddenly run out of beer. So, when a Syrian intern steps up to defend a manga girl, love will not be…

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
  • 21:00
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Kein Einlass nach Beginn - Schiff legt ab!

In Scharnow, einem Dorf nördlich von Berlin, ist der sprichwörtliche Hund begraben. Scheinbar. Tatsächlich wird hier gerade die Welt gewendet: Schützen fliegen auf der Lauer, um die Agenten einer Universalmacht zu vernichten, mordlustige Bücher richten blutige Verheerung an, und mittendrin hat ein Pakt der Glücklichen plötzlich kein Bier mehr. Wenn sich dann ein syrischer Praktikant für ein Mangamä…

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
  • 18:00
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In 2016, he received the lit.COLOGNE Debut Prize for “The Club”. And now Takis Würger’s exciting second novel, Stella, has finally arrived. It is 1942. Stella and the young, silent Friedrich become a couple. When the Gestapo uncover Stella’s Jewish identity, she is faced with an inhuman decision: Will she denounce Jews in hiding in order to save her family? A dramatic story, based on real events. Host: Ad…

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
  • 21:00
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English|German

Kristen Roupenian’s short story Cat Person, published in the New Yorker in November 2017, became a viral sensation and is considered one of the most-read stories of all time and a masterful description of everything that’s wrong between the sexes. This and 11 other masterly tales have now been published in a collection of stories. An exploration of a generation’s attitude toward life: Who are we, when …

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
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Since Ewald Lienen’s days as a legendary left-winger for Borussia Monchengladbach, he has prompted extreme feelings among fans and experts. As a player, trainer and soccer functionary, he remains a maverick and passionate rebel to this day, both on and off the pitch. As a player, he once skipped training to go to a protest march, his political views cost him the World Cup in 1978, and as a t…

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  • Thu. 28 March 2019
  • 21:00
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Friday, 29 March 2019

Martin Suter has done it again. Allmen and the Erotic Figurines, the fifth book in a best-selling series featuring the gentleman crook Johann Friedrich von Allmen, provides a most pleasant way to bide the time until his next great novel. Allmen is broke again. He could certainly live off the proceeds from his investigation firm, if only he could be content with that lifestyle. But he won’t. Since h…

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  • Fri. 29 March 2019
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In the summer of 1967, Hanns-Josef Ortheil (“Great Love”, “The Invention of Life”) sets out on a journey with his father on a heavily laden cargo ship. At sea, he begins his search for what matters to him and what helps him get through life: the writings of Homer, the songs of The Beatles, playing the piano. The Mediterranean Trip becomes richer and richer, going far beyond earlier ideas and fantasi…

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  • Fri. 29 March 2019
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English|German

John Lanchester published “Capital” in 2014, described by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as one of the “most readable British novels of recent years”. His new masterpiece describes The Wall, an enormous rampart intended to protect Great Britain in the future. It is where the young Joseph has to carry out two years of cruel military service. As the political situation escalates, events start happeni…

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  • Fri. 29 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Kulturkirche Köln
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Questioned and commended by Monika Schärer, three first-time authors will compete for the hearts and votes of our incorruptible audience as well as the lit.COLOGNE Debut Prize, worth €2,222. Stepping into the ring for tonight’s match: Anselm Oelze, who, together with a curious museum guard, is on the trail of Wallace, the unrecognized inventor of the theory of evolution. A crazy adventure! Helene Buko…

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  • Fri. 29 March 2019
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English|German

The psychologist Bergmann, his daughter, and his colleagues in the homicide division investigate a perfidious series of rapes. While old conflicts flare up again, the rapist continues to strike. But there seem to be several people who want to keep the connection between the women hidden. Michael Hjorth & Hans Rosenfeldt present Die Opfer, die man bringt [“The Sacrifices We Make”] at one of the…

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  • Fri. 29 March 2019
  • 19:30
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Xavier Kieffer, the charming Luxembourgian chef with a dangerous penchant for investigation, is back. This time he uncovers a crime of vast dimensions in the world of chocolate production. When a pastry chef is murdered, Kieffer begins to snoop around. But the production chain from cocoa bean to finished chocolate is more hazardous than he thought ... Bitter Chocolate is the sixth culinary crime…

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  • Fri. 29 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Sparkasse KölnBonn / Rotunde
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At the age of five, Meredith is left to fend entirely for herself after her parents’ divorce. The center of her life becomes an old bus in her grandfather’s garden and his bees, which she adores and which become her surrogate family. The award-winning journalist Meredith May tells of how she saved herself from a difficult childhood in The Honey Bus. Today she lives in the Bay Area, where she kee…

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  • Fri. 29 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Brunosaal
  • Tickets available
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Sophie Passmann ist Feministin und so gar nicht einverstanden mit der Platitüde, der alte weiße Mann sei an allem schuld. Sie will wissen, was hinter diesem Klischeebild steckt, und fragt einfach mal nach: „Sind Sie ein alter weißer Mann und wenn ja – warum?“ Die Ergebnisse ihrer Recherche liegen nun vor: Alte weiße Männer: Ein Schlichtungsversuch. „Beweis erbracht: Unbestechlichen Feminismus gibt es auch…

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  • Fri. 29 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Sold out
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife

Farewells occur throughout our lives. We bid adieu to places, people, habits, goals, plans and situations. We say goodbye and we transform ourselves. It comes as no surprise that the pain of parting and the magic of a new beginning can be found in a multitude of forms in literature: Sibylle Berg says goodbye to her youth (“worse than one thinks”), Joseph Roth leaves the hotel (“When my suitcases are g…

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  • Fri. 29 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Schriftdolmetschung
    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Bei aller Entzweiung, in einem rücken wir Menschen weltweit immer näher zusammen: Wir sind ein großer Club der Beleidigten geworden. Im Straßenverkehr, an der Supermarktkasse, in der Verwandtschaft, in der kleinen und großen Politik, überall sammeln wir kopfschüttelnd Kränkungen ein, ständig will uns einer was. An diesem Abend üben wir literarisch, manche Beleidigung als schillernde Seifenbla…

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  • Fri. 29 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Sold out
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Saturday, 30 March 2019

englisch | deutsch

The queen of the psychological thriller is back. Tana French is coming to Cologne specially to introduce her new novel at a matinée event. This time, the book is not part of her unputdownable Dublin Murder Squad series. Toby Hennessy, 28, leads a carefree life in Dublin. One night, after coming home from a party, he is brutally attacked without warning in his apartment. He barely survives and, …

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 12:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Schriftdolmetschung
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Amid all the divisiveness in the world, one thing continues to unite all of us: We have become a giant club of the insulted. In traffic, at the supermarket checkout, with relatives, in politics at all levels: At every turn, we experience affronts that make us shake our heads. There is always someone trying to slight us. This evening we will get some literary practice in seeing insults as…

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 17:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Schriftdolmetschung
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Bei aller Entzweiung, in einem rücken wir Menschen weltweit immer näher zusammen: Wir sind ein großer Club der Beleidigten geworden. Im Straßenverkehr, an der Supermarktkasse, in der Verwandtschaft, in der kleinen und großen Politik, überall sammeln wir kopfschüttelnd Kränkungen ein, ständig will uns einer was. An diesem Abend üben wir literarisch, manche Beleidigung als schillernde Seifenbla…

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 20:00
  • Theater am Tanzbrunnen
  • Sold out
  • Accessibility
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

When we offered this reading for the first time last fall, it sold out in no time at all. And that evening turned out to be magical, thanks to the ingenious text, This Old Thing Called Love, by Elke Heidenreich and Bernd Schroeder, and the magnificent reading performed by Mariele Millowitsch and Walter Sittler. So we decided to stage it again. It is the story of Lore and Harry after 40 years of…

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Schriftdolmetschung
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Elke Heidenreich und Bernd Schroeder schrieben 2009 zusammen den Bestseller Alte Liebe. Sie erzählen darin die Geschichte von Lore und Harry nach 40 Jahren Ehe. Die zwei Alt-Achtundsechziger machen sich Sorgen um ihre eigene Häuslichwerdung und ärgern sich über Tochter Gloria, die demnächst in dritter Ehe einen steinreichen Industriellen heiraten will, der auch noch ihr Vater sein könnte. Wie konnt…

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
  • Sold out
  • Accessibility

“If you visited Roger Willemsen in the morning, you’d enter a sparkling soundscape of Scarlatti or Clementi. If you spent time with him in the evening, you’d journey into the night with Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans or Charlie Hadden”, writes Insa Wilke in her afterword to Roger Willemsen’s posthumously published book, Music! About a Sense of Life. The nicest thing you could do for him was to surprise …

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Tickets available
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    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

„Wer Roger Willemsen morgens besuchte, trat ein in die perlenden Klänge von Scarlatti oder Clementi. Wer abends bei ihm war, reiste mit Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans oder Charlie Hadden in die Nacht“, schreibt Insa Wilke im Nachwort zu Roger Willemsens posthum erschienenen Buch Musik – Über ein Lebensgefühl. In der Tat konnte man ihm keinen größeren Gefallen tun, als ihn mit neuer Musik zu überrasch…

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
  • Tickets available
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englisch | deutsch

With more than 23 million books sold worldwide, Camilla Läckberg is Sweden’s most successful female author. In The Golden Cage, we meet Faye and Jack, a perfect couple. Surrounded by the rich and beautiful, they lead a sheltered life with their daughter Julienne. But appearances can be deceiving. When Jack and Julienne fail to return from a trip and the police find a pool of blood, everything su…

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • MS RheinEnergie / Literaturschiff
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung

Where We Are at Home: The Story of My Disappeared Family is the incredible account of a Jewish family who scatter to the winds while fleeing from the Nazis: to Israel, England, the USA and France ... And whose children and grandchildren find their way back to Berlin, to the homeland of their ancestors. It is a story about the family of the author, Maxim Leo (“Es ist nur eine Phase, Hase”) who has pre…

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 18:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

Ein Auftrag für Otto Kwant ["A case for Otto Kwant"] is the name of the brilliant new escapade from Jochen Schmidt (“Schneckenmühle”). Bubbling over with absurd ideas, this is a tragicomic coming-of-age novel set in the fictional authoritarian country of Urfustan. Tijan Sila has also created a state, Molossia, in The Flag of Wishes, a bitterly comic parable. Two books, two systems. An encou…

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 19:30
  • Kulturkirche Köln
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility

English|German

Jon is a good person in a bad world. But his work for the British government leaves him feeling empty inside. To escape this sense of disaffection, he starts writing love letters for lonely women. And then one day, one of his customers, Meg, tracks him down. Serious Sweet is a love story so honest, so bizarre and so lacking in kitsch that it could only have been written by A.L. Kennedy. Host:…

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • MS RheinEnergie / Literaturschiff
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Gebärdensprach-dolmetschung

Whichever topic he tackles – whether energy supplies (“Blackout”), big data (“Zero”), or genetic engineering (“Helix”) – Marc Elsberg always writes precisely researched scientific thrillers. “It’s up to you whether you read Marc Elsberg’s thrillers as non-fiction in disguise or as pure entertainment. But you can be sure that the man is a master of both” (Kulturzeit). Now, he turns his focus to the world of finance, e…

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  • Sat. 30 March 2019
  • 21:00
  • Volksbühne am Rudolfplatz
  • Tickets available
  • Accessibility
    • Induktionsschleife
    • Rollstuhlgerechter Zugang

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