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Michael Roes (Germany)

Otherness in fiction


Date Thu 22 Sep
Time 19:00 20:30
Location Lille Sal, Dokk1, Hack Kampmanns Plads 2, Aarhus, Denmark

Michael Roes is a German novelist, poet and film-maker whose work often thematises encounters with non-European cultures. Roes has travelled widely - in Yemen, Israel, North America, Algeria, Mali and China - and incorporates this experience into his fictional work. Leeres Viertel earned Roes the Literaturpreis der Stadt Bremen in 1997, as well as a reputation as one of the leading German Poeten des Fremden. The novel Weg nach Timimoun was published in 2006. It draws on Aeschylus' trilogy The Oresteia but relocates the action to modern-day Algeria. Roes has also directed a film version of the same story, as well as an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth which is located in the tribal hinterlands of Yemen, entitled Someone is Sleeping in my Pain (2000). Michael Roes' novel Geschichte der Freundschaft was translated into Danish under the title Venskabets historie in 2015 by Forlaget Vandkunsten, and was reviewed by Politiken with five hearts.

He will be interviewed by Ineke Hess from Aarhus University.

The event is a collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Dänemark, and will be in German with on-going summaries in Danish.

Tickets 50kr. Students 30kr.