Matthias Jügler, Ursula Poznanski, Judith Schalansky The German-Norwegian Reading Tour 2021   Landmark  Artist Talk

The German-Norwegian Reading Tour will take place from 7 to 10 December 2021 at three different venues: Universitätsaula in Oslo (7 December), Litteraturhuset in Oslo (8 December), and the Kunsthall in Bergen (9 December).

Read more on The German-Norwegian Reading Tours website

Language: German and Norwegian. The conversation will be translated live. Free admission.

The five organisers behind the 2019 German-Norwegian Literature Festival – Goethe-Institut Norway, Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Norwegian-German Willy Brandt Foundation and the two translators' associations Norsk faglitterær forfatter- og oversetterforening (NFFO) and Norsk Oversetterforening (NO) – saw the need for a literary exchange when Norway was Guest of Honour at the world's largest book fair. As a prelude to the book fair in Frankfurt, the Litteraturhuset in Oslo hosted three days of young and established authors from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland – covering all genres – along with lectures and debates on German-language classics and social issues.

The positive experience and feedback from 2019 motivated Frankfurter Buchmesse and Goethe-Institut Norway to organise another similar arrangement on Norwegian soil, albeit in a smaller format. They invited the Willy Brandt Foundation and the associations NFFO and NO to start a new collaboration. The result is the German-Norwegian Reading Tour.

Programme in Bergen Kunsthall on 9 December:

5.30-6.15 pm
Ursula Poznanski and Line Nagell Ylvisåker in conversation with Margunn Vikingstad

6.30-7.15 pm
German writer Matthias Jügler meets fellow writer (and his translator) Helene Imislund for a conversation about the long-term effects of the GDR regime.

7.30-8.15 pm
German writer Judith Schalansky meets Norwegian journalist and essayist Marit Eikemo for a conversation about the appeal of ruins – with examples from recent German and Norwegian history.

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