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German Studies Program presents

Precious Cargo

The Poet and Translator, Thomas Brasch

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

[Precious Cargo]
A presentation and reading with Anne Posten (New York) and Thomas Wild (Bard College)

Thomas Brasch (1945-2001) is one of the most fascinating figures in German literature after 1945. His poems, inspired by Brecht, Heine and the European avant-garde, inspire people up to date, his plays intriguingly think through the political turmoils of the 20th century, his films were celebrated at festivals in Cannes and Nice, and his translations of Shakespeare are the best to be found in German language.

Anne Posten‘s essay on translating Thomas Brasch was recently published in an issue of Text + Kritik dedicated to that author’s work and legacy.  Her award-winning translation of Tankred Dorst’s novella, This Beautiful Place, appeared last year from Hanging Loose Press. Anne Posten lives in New York City, where she also writes fiction and teaches writing at Queens College.
Thomas Wild is Assistant Professor of German at Bard College. His publications include books on Hannah Arendt, as well as 20th century German literature and political history. He recently edited a collection of essays on Thomas Brasch's work and legacy with Text+Kritik.

For more information, call 845-758-7363, or e-mail twild@bard.edu.

Location: Olin, Room 204