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Sibylle Lewitscharoff to Present Inaugural Lecture on April 15 at the Literary Colloquium Berlin

Public Lecture and Literature Discussion with the Heiner Müller Visiting Professor of German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 78/2010 from Apr 07, 2010

Sibylle Lewitscharoff, this year’s laureate of the Berliner Literaturpreis awarded by the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung, will present her inaugural lecture as the Heiner Müller Visiting Professor of German Literature at the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature at Freie Universität Berlin. The lecture will be held on April 15, 2010, and is entitled “Über den Anfang” [About the Beginning]. Lewitscharoff will supervise a literary workshop for young authors at Freie Universität during the spring/summer semester. Following the lecture a discussion will take place between Lewitscharoff and the literary critic Lothar Müller (Süddeutsche Zeitung).

Sibylle Lewitscharoff, born in 1954 in Stuttgart, has written radio features and radio plays, short and long prose. She became known to a wide audience after her novel Apostoloff was awarded the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2009. As the Heiner Müller Visiting Professor of German Literature, she is returning to her alma mater: Freie Universität Berlin, where she studied religion.

The Heiner Müller Visiting Professorship for German Literature was initiated in 2005 jointly by the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung and Freie Universität Berlin. The visiting professorship is connected to the awarding of the Berliner Literaturpreis (30,000 euros) by the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung. The award goes to writers whose literary works have made a substantial contribution to the development of German contemporary literature in the areas of lyric poetry, narrative prose, or drama. The previous laureates were Herta Müller, Durs Grünbein, Ilija Trojanow, Ulrich Peltzer, and Dea Loher.

Further Information

Time and Place:

  • Thursday, April 15, 2010, 8:00 p.m. at the Literary Colloquium Berlin (LCB)
    Am Sandwerder 5, 14109 Berlin, S-Bahnhof Berlin-Wannsee
  • Admission is 6 euros, reduced 4 euros. Free admission for students.

For further information, please contact:

  • Henning Dahl, Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin
    Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-56422, Email: hdahl@zedat.fu-berlin.de