Die rechtschaffenen Mörder: Lecture and Conversation with Author Ingo Schulze

Oct 19, 2020

Lecture and Discussion (Virtual) | 2:30pm (EDT) | Speakers: Ingo Schulze, Lilla Balint (UC Berkeley), and Richard F. Wetzell (GHI)

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of German at UC Berkeley, the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, and the German Consulate General San Francisco.

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The distinguished German writer Ingo Schulze, best known for novels and short stories that engage with the history of reunified Germany, will read from his latest novel, Die rechtschaffenen Mörder (The Righteous Murderers). Organized by the German Historical Institute Washington (GHI), its Pacific Regional Office, and the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, this author’s reading will be followed by a conversation with historian Richard F. Wetzell (GHI) and literary scholar Lilla Balint (UC Berkeley). There will also be an opportunity for the online audience to submit questions, which will be moderated by GHI Librarian Anna-Maria Boss. The event will be held in German but audience questions may be submitted in English.

Schulze‘s Die rechtschaffenen Mörder tells the story of a used book seller in Dresden, a story that is about reading and writing in East Germany and in unified Germany, and about the relationship that reading and writing have to society and politics. 

Ingo Schulze was born in Dresden in 1962 and is currently living in Berlin. His novel New Lives (2005) is widely regarded as the most important novel dealing with German unification. His books have won numerous prizes and have been translated into thirty languages. His other books include: 33 Augenblicke des Glücks (1995), Simple Storys (1998), Handy (2007), Adam und Evelyn (2008), Orangen und Engel - Italienische Skizzen (2010), Peter Holtz – sein glückliches Leben erzählt von ihm selbst (2017). The German edition of Die rechtschaffenen Mörder is available in the U.S. as ebook and audiobook. For further information on the author, see www.ingoschulze.com