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Goethe Book Club: Marion Poschmann’s The Pine Islands (2017/2019)

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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; our 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.

The Pine Islands (Die Kieferninseln) by Marion Poschmann (2017, translated by Jen Calleja in 2019)

Stepping out of the daily routine - that’s exactly what Gilbert Silvester does one day: drives to the airport and takes the first flight he can book. Once abroad, through pure coincidence, he meets a travel partner under interesting circumstances who becomes his guide in the tradition of the road novel. Inspired by poetry, Gilbert travels around the country to contemplate life, his past, and the relationship with his wife through the landscape.

Marion Poschmann (1969-)

Marion Poschmann is a German author who studied both German and Slavic. Her novel, Die Sonnenposition, was shortlisted for the German Book Prize.

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