"Garz erzählt": An Evening with Esther Dischereit
Friday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.
Deutsches Haus at NYU
Young authors traveled to the village of Garz at the river Havel, took notes, and recorded: about the sluice keeper, about big fish in the refrigerator, about the dream of a young waitress. Russians and Poles, the postwar era, the GDR, the time after 1989, and about how the village is rolling up its sleeves. A small town with 145 souls, located North-West of Berlin. Based on a variety of many different snapshots and portraits, a vivid picture has been created—Garz talks.
Esther Dischereit has published fiction, poetry, and essays, as well as plays for radio and the stage. In 2009, she received the Erich Fried Prize. Dischereit's work reflects the cultural landscape of post-Holocaust Germany, most recently in Vor den Hohen Feiertagen gab es ein Flüstern und Rascheln im Haus (Before the High Holy Days the House was Full of Whisperings and Rustlings, 2009), the book adaptation of a permanent sound-installation Holocaust memorial. In 2014, she published the book and libretto Klagelieder: Blumen für Otello. Über die Verbrechen von Jena. (Lamentations: Flowers for Otello. On the Crimes of Jena). They are dedicated to the victims and their families of a series of racist killings perpetrated in Germany between 2000 to 2007. This work was followed by the sound installation and book The Child with the Big Face (Museumsquartier Vienna in August 2014). She is Professor of Language Arts at the University of the Applied Arts in Vienna, and was the Max Kade German Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2013. Since January 2017, she is the Max Kade Professor in the Department of Germanic Languages & Literature at the University of Virginia.
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"Garz erzählt": An Evening with Esther Dischereit is a DAAD-sponsored event.