Martin Walser: Ein springender Brunnen

Thursday, November 3, 2011 @ 11:00am

Event Info

Admission

Goethe-Institut Chcago

Venue

Goethe-Institut

150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 200

Chicago, 

IL 

60601

Presenter

Goethe-Institut
312-263-0472

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

Join us as Martin Walser reads from his novel Ein Springender Brunnen.

Martin Walser was born in Wasserburg on Lake Constance in 1927. He studied Literature, History, and Philosophy in Regensburg and Tübingen, where he wrote his doctorate thesis on Franz Kafka in 1951. From 1949 to 1957, Walser worked as a reporter, director, and radio playwright for the Süddeutscher Rundfunk regional radio station. From 1953 onwards, he was a member of the Gruppe 47. He received the Hermann Hesse Prize for his first novel, Marriage in Philippsburg (1957). His work consists of prose, plays, film scripts, radio plays, and translations, as well as a great number of essays, speeches, and lectures. Walser, who has always expressed controversial opinions on subjects of current political interest alongside his literary activities, is one of the most significant authors of German postwar literature, and he has received countless prizes for his literary work, among them the Georg Büchner Prize in 1981. Today, Walser lives with his family as a freelancing writer near Lake Constance.

During the reading, an English translation (by David Dollenmayer) will be projected on a screen. Following the reading, a discussion with Dieter Borchmeyer, students from UIC, and the audience will take place.