World

German round table

Wed 22 Nov / Quarterhouse

Can Germany keep reinventing itself? From its dark 20th century history, it has emerged as the keystone of Europe, welcoming refugees fleeing war. Once a city cleaved apart, Berlin is now an open-minded cultural capital. Travel writer Rory MacLean, author and journalist Eva Ladipo and translator and historian Jamie Bulloch cast light on the present and the future. What makes the country tick? And what challenges does it face today?

Jamie Bulloch is a German translator who has worked on 25 titles so far, including Timur Vermes’s Look Who’s Back, Steven Uhly’s Kingdom of Twilight and The Mussel Feast by Birgit Vanderbecke, which won him the Schlegel–Tieck prize and came runner-up in the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Jamie is also a historian by training and the author of Karl Renner: Austria.

Eva Ladipo is the author of a contemporary political thriller –Wende- set in Frankfurt and London, currently being adapted for the cinema. She is based in London as political correspondent for the German broadsheet Die Welt. Previously, Eva worked for the Financial Time and was part of the editorial team of Vanity Fair in Germany.

Rory MacLean is the author of more than a dozen books including the UK top ten Stalin’s Nose and Under the Dragon as well as Berlin: Imagine a City, a book of the year and ‘the most extraordinary work of history I’ve ever read’ according to the Washington Post. He has won awards from the Canada Council and the Arts Council of England as well as a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary prize. He divides his time between the UK, Berlin and Toronto.

Chaired by Lennox Morrison.

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