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Posted on: Monday, September 11, 2017


Rats and Eels and the lost Baltic city of Vineta, or: How Novels cross Borders

Bilingual, multi-media discussion with novelist and broadcaster Lawrence Norfolk on his literary encounter with the fiction of Günter Grass. Chair: Richard Robinson

Norfolk's highly acclaimed historical novels, such as Lemprière's Dictionary (1991) and In the Shape of a Boar (2000), show his fascination with the languages and cultures of continental Europe. The Pope's Rhinoceros (1996), set in the sixteenth century, begins on the Baltic Island of Usedom, territory which Gdansk-born Nobel Laureate Günter Grass made his own, and includes an episode about the legendary, lost city of Vineta. In this discussion Lawrence presents a recording of Grass reading from his most famous novel The Tin Drum, a film clip from The Rat, both with parallel English translations, and will present an extract from his own fiction. In the second half of the evening, he will read the climactic underground episode from Grass's 1963 novel about Nazism and its aftermath, Dog Years.

Part of Günter Grass and International Literature / Günter Grass und seine Weltliteratur - A conference to mark the 90th birthday of the late Nobel prize winning author

The conference is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Open World Research Initiative and the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities, Swansea University.

For more information on the conference, please contact Prof. Julian Preece.



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