Volker Weidermann: Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark
Book Presentation with the Author
A Belgian seaside resort with history and luster - this is where all those who no longer have a home in Nazi Germany come together again. Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, Irmgard Keun, Kisch and Toller, Koestler and Kesten, the banned poets. Sun, sea, drinks - it could be a vacation with friends … if the political situation was not worsening daily, if they were not all persecuted. They are poets on the run, writers in exile.
In his book Ostend: Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, and the Summer Before the Dark (original title: Ostende. 1936, Sommer der Freundschaft), Volker Weidermann, literary editor of the "Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung" knowledgeably and engagingly tells of this summer just before the Second World War when Zweig, Roth, and Keun celebrate life once again as only the desperate can.
A cooperation with the Literaturhandlung.
17 March 2014, 7.30 pm