Reading and Discussion - Frido Mann: The White House of Exile

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Frido Mann, grandson of Thomas Mann, will read a translated passage from his book “Das Weiße Haus im Exil”

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In 1942, Germany’s Nobel Prize-winning author Thomas Mann moved into his new house in the Pacific Palisades, California, which quickly became a gathering place for émigrés. Thomas Mann’s grandson Frido Mann remembers his grandfather’s famed residence in his recent book, The White House of Exile. Recalling his grandfather’s political commitment, he saw himself confronted with the question of what influence open dialogue can produce today – in Trump’s America. His book presents a radical case for responsibility and communication in an age of global crisis. This event is part of ‘Words Around the World,’ the international component of Litquake, San Francisco’s literary festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Professor Frido Mann was born in 1940 in Monterey, California. He studied music, Catholic theology, and psychology and worked as a clinical psychologist in Münster, Leipzig and Prague. He now lives in Munich and works as a freelance writer.

This event will form part of the ‘Words Around the World’ international literature series which takes place over the opening weekend of the festival.

Moreover the event will be moderated by Lilla Balint, literary scholar and cultural critic at the German Department, U.C. Berkeley and takes place in cooperation with the Thomas Mann House and Litquake.

© Thomas Elsner

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