Book Reading: The Short End of the Sonnenallee by Thomas Brussig


Thu May 30 2024 at 06:00 pm


Goethe-Institut, Library | Nairobi, NA

The public reading is a bi-monthly book reading and discussion that seeks to introduce German literature to a Kenyan audience. Excerpts of the book originally written in German are read in German and English by professional readers. This is followed by an open discussion about the book.
This month we will be reading excerpts from the book the short end of the Sonnenallee by Thomas Brussig.
Thomas Brussig’s classic German novel, The Short End of the Sonnenallee, is a moving and miraculously comic story of life in East Berlin before the fall of the Wall. It is a funny, charming tale of adolescents being adolescents, a portrait of a surprisingly warm community enduring in the shadow of the Iron Curtain.
Young Micha Kuppisch lives on the nubbin of a street, the Sonnenallee, whose long end extends beyond the Berlin Wall outside his apartment building. Like his friends and family, who have their own quixotic dreams―to travel to Mongolia, to escape from East Germany by buying up cheap farmland and seceding from the country, Micha is desperate for one thing. It’s not what his mother wants for him, which is to be an exemplary young Socialist and study in Moscow.
What Micha wants is a love letter that may or may not have been meant for him, and may or may not have been written by the most beautiful girl on the Sonnenallee. Stolen by a gust of wind before he could open it, the letter now lies on the fortified “death strip” at the base of the Wall, as tantalizingly close as the freedoms of the West and seemingly no more attainable.
Refreshments will be served.

Where is it happening?

Goethe-Institut, Library, Goethe Institute, Monrovia Ln, Nairobi, Kenya,Nairobi, Kenya

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Goethe-Institut Nairobi

Host or Publisher Goethe-Institut Nairobi

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