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Written Arts Program, Music Program, and German Studies Program present

How has ‘1989’ Changed Writing?

A Reading and Discussion (in German & English) On the Aftermath of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Monday, November 11, 2013

[How has ‘1989’ Changed Writing?]

With Distinguished German Writer Uwe Kolbe 
and Tenor Rufus Müller (reading the English voice)

 His new novel “Indolence” is the most significant book of contemporary German literature reflecting on the aftermath of ‘1989’ and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Uwe Kolbe’s reading at Bard will be a world premiere. For his stirring book about a young man and emerging composer seeking to find his tone under the intricate conditions of dictatorship will come out only in spring of 2014. Kolbe will read from the German original, while distinguished tenor and Bard Music Professor Rufus Müller will read the English voice; the translation by acclaimed New York writer and translator Anne Posten was commissioned by the German publisher S. Fischer Verlag especially for this event.

Uwe Kolbe is an eminent poet, essayist, writer of prose, and translator. His first volume of poetry, “Hineingeboren,” (“Born Into”) appeared in East Berlin in 1980. The increasingly critical nature of his writing led to a ban on publication in the GDR soon after. During the early 1980s, he edited the illegal journal “Mikado.” Eventually, he was permitted to travel abroad and lived between Hamburg and East Berlin. Until 2003 he was Director of the "Studio Literatur und Theater" at the University of Tübingen. He was a writer-in-residence at the University of Austin and at Oberlin College. Uwe Kolbe is author of eleven books of poetry. His latest collection of essays, “Vineta’s Archives” (2012), was awarded with the prestigious Heinrich-Mann-Award by the Academy of Arts Berlin.

The English-German tenor Rufus Müller, Associate Professor of Music at Bard College, has had a distinguished career in opera, oratorio, and recital. He has performed and taught, and coached throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He has worked under Franz Welser-Möst, Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Ivan Fischer, René Jacobs, and other eminent conductors. CD recordings include performances in Bach’s St. John Passion under John Eliot Gardine, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute under Roger Norrington.


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

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Bard Hall