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Reading the World: Thomas Pletzinger & Ross Benjamin (1/5)

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Uploaded on May 2, 2011

April 27, 2011 - Thomas Pletzinger's "Funeral for a Dog" received a great deal of praise when it was first released in Germany. It was compared to John Irving (for storytelling) and to Max Frisch (for sensibility and humor), and he even won the prestigious Uwe-Johnson Prize.

Soon thereafter, Pletzinger landed a deal with W.W. Norton to publish the English language edition, translated by award-winner Ross Benjamin. The novel has received attention for its global settings (Germany, Brazil, U.S., Italy), innovative structure, and mixture of intelligence and wit.

Pletzinger comes from a new generation of writers who are less concerned with writing about Germany's past and whose interests and influences are more global.

This reading and conversation focuses on this new generation of writers in Germany and what makes their writing so vibrant and unique on the current stage of world literature.

(This event is presented by Open Letter and University of Rochester Arts & Sciences. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.)

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