Deutsches Haus at New York University presents a reading by Ulrike Draesner of her new novel.

Deutsches Haus at New York University will present a reading by Ulrike Draesner of her new novel Sieben Sprünge vom Rand der Welt (Seven Springs) on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m, to be followed immediately by a conversation with the journalist Andrea Köhler, introduced by Alys George, assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies at the Department of German at NYU. The event is free and open to the public and wil be held at Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews, New York, N.Y. (for more information, call 212.998.8660).

Draesner’s most recent novel Sieben Sprünge vom Rand der Welt tells the story of Simone Grolmann, 52, established and respected, a professor of behavior research, the mother of a daughter, an analytical person. And she feels fear – the fear of snow. This fear is deep within her, immersed as deep as the Breslau woods through which her father trudged, with his handicapped brother Emil and his mother Lilly in the night of the 19th to the 20th January, 1945 at temperatures of 21 degrees Celsius below freezing point – three people with three soaking, heavy cardboard boxes. That was 17 years before she was born, and yet this is her own fear. She cannot understand the pain she feels so clearly.

Ulrike Draesner tells the story of the Grolmann family seen from the point of view of four generations. She has with great virtuosity created a kaleidoscope of memories that keep joining to make new images showing how the traumas inflicted by flight and displacement still affect the living and how psychological landscapes are passed down from one generation to the next.

"A brilliant novel with unconventional characters. […]. Seven Jumps from the Edge of the World is one of the great books of this spring."

Draesner was born in 1962 in Munich and has been living in Berlin since 1996. She studied English literature, philosophy and German literature in Munich and Oxford (St John’s College, Balliol College) and was awarded her Ph.D. in 1992. She is a poet, a writer of long and short fiction and a translator of French (Michèle Métail, 2009) and Anglo-American poetry (Gertrude Stein, The First Reader 2001, Hilda Doolittle, Heimliche Deutung/Hermetic Definition (2006), Louise Glück, Averno and The Wild Iris, 2007 and 2008). In 2000 she also published her : to change the subject, ‘radical translations’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Apart from numerous appearances in anthologies and magazines, she has published four major poetry collections: gedächtnisschleifen / memory’s loops 1995, für die nach geheuerte zellen/cells hired for a night 2001, kugelblitz / ball lightning 2005 and berührte orte/touched places 2008. Her first novel came out in 1998, followed by a collection of stories Hot Dogs (2004), and the novels Mitgift (2002), Spiele/Games (2005) and Vorliebe (2010). Richtig liegen. Geschichten in Paaren (2011). Her most recent novel, Sieben Sprünge vom Rand der Welt, was published in March 2014.

Koehler, born in Bad Pyrmont, Germany, is the US cultural correspondent for the Swiss daily newspaper Neue Züricher Zeitung. Aside from the The Waiting Game: An Essay on the Gift of Time (2010), she has published several essays and anthologies. Her latest book is on "Shame and Brazenness“ (2013, in German). After working as a cultural correspondent in Paris and a literary editor in Zuerich at the NZZ, she now lives in Brooklyn. In 2000 she was Visiting Professor at the Washington University of St. Louis. Recipient of a Max Kade Fellowship (2004) and the 2003 Berlin Book Critics Prize. She is currently working on a novel.

George is Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of German at New York University, where she has taught nineteenth- through twenty-first-century German-language literature, culture, and film at NYU since 2011.

Please let Deutsches Haus know which event you would like to attend by sending us an email to deutscheshaus.rsvp@nyu.edu. Space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event.

“Kaleidoscope of Memory: Ulrike Draesner’s 'Seven Springs' ” is a DAAD-sponsored event.
 

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