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Daniel Kehlmann’s Ich und Kaminski (2003) / Me and Kaminski (2008)

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Goethe-Institut Washington

1990 K St NW

Suite 03

Washington, DC 20006

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Read and discuss works by contemporary German authors in this series hosted by the Goethe-Institut. All books can be read in recent English translation or in the German original; discussion will be in English. Led by local German professor Amanda Sheffer (The Catholic University of America), this book club focuses on contemporary fiction and will explore experiences and thoughts about the text.

Daniel Kehlmann’s novel Ich und Kaminski, which director Wolfgang Becker made into a 2015 feature film starring Daniel Brühl (shown during Film|Neu 2016), focuses on two characters whose success has waned, if it ever existed at all. As blind artist Kaminski nears his twilight years, he is visited by Sebastian Zöllner, who wishes to write his biography since he believes it will become a bestseller after the artist passes away. Bitingly critical and sarcastic, the duo travels together in search of what seems to be missing from a shallow, modern existence. Their often antagonist relationship challenges each of them to experience something different and embrace their lives.

In cooperation with the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America.

No charge.

More information www.goethe.de/washington

Entrance is located on 20th Street midway between I and K Streets.


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