An evening with Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill

The small theatre was totally sold out: all places taken. Then a group showed up. No reservation is no ticket is no seat – but they’d either barged or been allowed in. The group sat down anyway, managing to block access to the stage and hampering the performance later on.

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Meet the author: Karin Kalisa and her novel “Sungs Laden”

It just failed – only just – to snow. So it was a relief to enter the warm venue, peel of the wet and heavy winter coat and take a seat. What I and quite a few others were unaware of: we would shortly head for Vietnam! Not physically, but through Karin Kalisa’s new novel.

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Book Review: “Die Berlinreise” by Hanns-Josef Ortheil

Earlier this year, German author Hanns-Josef Ortheil presented “Die Berlinreise” as well as a new version of his “Der Blaue Weg”. From both books, he read excerpts. These had his audience in stitches, or moved it deeply. So when I visited a local German library for a totally different book and stumbled upon “Die Berlinreise” (The Berlin trip) it was this novel I took home.

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