Reading: The German Soul
Deutsches Haus at NYU
42 Washington Mews
New York, NY
Author Thea Dorn will read from and discuss her book Die Deutsche Seele [The German Soul] with Martin Rauchbauer, Director of Deutsches Haus.
Thea Dorn and Richard Wagner’s Die Deutsche Seele is a sensuous, richly illustrated cultural history of the German soul: Two authors who could hardly be more different affectionately and critically, knowledgeably and without fear of contact examine what the German soul really is. They run the German soul to ground in words as different as "Abendbrot,” meaning a light evening meal, and "Wanderlust" (the joy of hiking); "Männerchor" (male choir) and "Fahrvergnügen" (driving pleasure); "Abgrund" (abyss) and "Zerrissenheit" (conflict). The result is a profound and many-faceted cultural history of the German people in 60 chapters.
Thea Dorn, born in 1970, studied philosophy and theater studies in Frankfurt, Vienna, and at the Free University of Berlin, where she was a lecturer in philosophy until recently. At age 24, she published her first novel, Berlin Enlightenment, for which she received the Raymond-Chandler-prize. She had another sensational success with her third novel, The Brain Queen, for which she was awarded the German Crime Novel Prize, and with her much praised novel, The Brood.
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