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Book launches in the Volksbühne in September

The Volksbühne is proud to present the following book launches right at the beginning of the new 2018/2019 season:

Christoph Hein Verwirrnis (Confusion)
Book launch featuring the Die Damen und Herren Daffke ensemble
Sunday, 16 September 2018, 7 p.m.
Volksbühne main stage
Admission 14 € / 9 €

Friedeward loves Wolfgang. And Wolfgang loves Friedeward. They are young, enjoying their summer holidays cycling the long path to the sea and talking for hours about God and the world. They’re happy when they’re together, and that seems to be all they need. But no-one is allowed to know that they are more than just best friends. It’s the 1950s, they live in Catholic Heiligenstadt, and for the people around them, especially for Friedeward's strictly devout father, their love is a sin. If their relationship were to be revealed, they could lose everything. When they move to Leipzig to study - Friedeward studies German, Wolfgang music - they discover a world of celebrated intellectuals, everything is a buzz with a lively spirit. And thus they meet Jacqueline, who admits to being in a secret relationship with a professor. Wouldn’t it be the perfect disguise if one of them married Jacqueline, just for show?

Christoph Hein, born 1944 in Heinzendorf/Schlesien, studied philosophy and logic at university in Leipzig, and finished his studies 1971 at the Humboldt University in Berlin. From 1974 to 1979 he was an in-house writer for the Volksbühne. His breakthrough came in 1982/83 with his novella Der Fremde Freund/Drachenblut (“The foreign friend/Dragonblood”). He has been honoured with many awards, including the Uwe-Johnson-Prize and Stefan-Heym-Prize.


Christian Dittloff Das Weiße Schloss (The white palace)
Book launch
Saturday, 22 September 2018, 8 p.m.
Volksbühne Roter Salon
Admission 8 € / 5 €

Parents? That’s other people. Ada and Yves are a happy couple. They've decided to have a child, but they're also concerned about the incompatibility of love, career and parenting. Because they want to retain their independent lives, they plan to have their child raised, from conception on, in an elite institution. - A futuristic novel about modern parenthood and the limits of our freedom.

Christian Dittloff, born 1983 in Hamburg, studied German and English in Hamburg. During his studies he worked in a psychiatric facility and as a cultural journalist in all formats from print to podcast. He then studied creative writing in Hildesheim. Since 2014 he's been the social-media manager for the Komische Oper Berlin. Christian Dittloff lives, works and writes in Berlin. The White Palace is his first novel.


Philipp Schwenke Das Flimmern der Wahrheit über der Wüste (The flicker of truth over the desert)
Book launch and reading with Devid Striesow
Saturday, 29 September 2018, 8 p.m.
Volksbühne Roter Salon
Admission 8 € / 5 €

For years Karl May presented himself to the world as Old Shatterhand - unrivalled adventurer, strong-as-an-ox pathfinder and Winnetou's blood brother. Millions of readers gawked at the photos of him in his hero’s outfit and gobbled up his experiences in America and Asia. And yet he basically never left Saxony. He was almost 60 years old when he left Europe for the first time. This story of Karl May's trip to Asia in 1899 is therefore based on facts. And on alternative facts. And on facts that are certainly a lot more truthful than anything Karl May ever claimed himself.

Philipp Schwenke, born 1978, works as a journalist and author in Berlin. He's also chief editor at the financial magazine Capital and writes the column “Schwenke tries it” for the monthly magazine Neon.


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