VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin
Julia Schoch
Seelen und Komplizen
09.02
Roter Salon

Literature

Moderation Knut Elstermann

Lydia, Alexander, Ruppert, Kati. They're all students at an elite grammar school in the GDR. While some discuss subversive thoughts in “Reimanns” with fire in their eyes, others stare innocently into a socialist future. Then the fall of the Berlin Wall suddenly separates them from their past. As they swing between hatred, denial and euphoria, their parents assure them that everything is perfectly normal. But everyone views the explosion in 1989 through different eyes. Thirty years later, the heroes take stock. And face some big questions: how long does the past haunt us or, rather, is it we that are haunting it? How much are experiences worth? Back then they may have gotten out, but today they're still pursuing freedom. Julia Schoch makes historical change tangible in private lives in an impressive social novel of our times.

Julia Schoch, born 1974 in Bad Saarow, lived in Bucharest and Paris before settling in Potsdam to work as a freelance writer and translator. Her critically acclaimed narrative debut Der Körper des Salamanders (The Body of the Salamander) was awarded numerous prizes, including the Friedrich Hölderlin advancement prize and the Annette von Droste Hülshoff prize. Following her novel Mit der Geschwindigkeit des Sommers (With the Speed of Summer), which was nominated for the Leipzig Book Prize, Selbstporträt mit Bonaparte (Self Portrait with Bonaparte) is her latest work.

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