James Baldwin - With Carolin Emcke, Jerry Hoffmann and Igor Levit


lit.COLOGNE 2020

James Baldwin - With Carolin Emcke, Jerry Hoffmann and Igor Levit

James Baldwin was born in New York City in 1924 and died in 1987 in the south of France. He was and is many things: one of the most significant and honored writers of the 20th century. An icon of equality for all, regardless of skin color, sexual orientation or background. For far too long, his books were out of print in German-speaking countries. In 2018, publisher dtv began reprinting Baldwin’s work in German: “Go Tell It on the Mountain”, “The Fire Next Time”, “If Beale Street Could Talk” and in spring 2020: “Giovanni’s Room”. “Baldwin writes with the furor and melancholy of one who, as a black man and homosexual, must be made doubly invisible. Yet he always writes with poetic precision and sensual elegance”, says writer Carolin Emcke. She dedicates this evening to Baldwin, and will be joined by actor Jerry Hoffmann and pianist Igor Levit.

  • Thursday 12 March

    12. March 2020

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  • WDR Funkhaus

    Wallrafplatz 5
    50667 Köln

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Carolin Emcke

Carolin Emcke, born in 1967, studied philosophy in London and…


Igor Levit

Igor Levit was born in 1987 in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), Russia.…


Jerry Hoffmann

Born in 1989 in Hamburg, actor and director Jerry Hoffmann studied in…