The Waterloo Centre for German Studies and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies are hosting a reading by German author Michael Götting. He'll read from his 2015 novel, Contrapunctus (English: Counterpoint).
Götting is an author, journalist and curator. He writes for ZEIT ONLINE, Deutschlandfunk and the Tagesspiegel and works as a freelance artist and curator for Berlin's postmigrant theatre Ballhaus Naunystrasse.
Contrapunctus is an uncompromising portrayal of Indigo, Rutha-Pong, Habibi and Olaudah, four Black Germans who are struggling with the remainders of the country’s colonial past, their relationships and the racist tendencies within the society.
Since her childhood, Indigo suffers from a mysterious illness that the doctors are not able to diagnose. When she faints, her conscience gets carried away by images of the collective memory and she finds herself in a world where traumatic experiences of the past mix with her present life. For Rutha-Pong, a difficult decision is to be made: Is she going to take her son’s father Olaudah back into her life, after he served his six year sentence, or will she decide in favor of Habibi, her boyfriend and her son’s foster father? Habibi has a special gift – his deep sense of the interconnectedness of all human beings.
Please note: The readings and the Q&A session will be held in both English and German; no knowledge of German is required for this event.
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