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Authors in Conversation IV

In exploring their own families’ histories, these two women writers confront the past, reflect on a fragmented and traumatized century and the responsibility we all have as inheritors of our countries’ pasts. In Belonging, Nora Krug wrestles with the idea of Heimat, the German word for the place that first forms us, where the sensibilities and identity of one generation pass on to the next.
Maybe Esther by Katja Petrowskaja is a poignant, haunting investigation of the effects of history on one family as well as a deeply affecting exploration of memory. A conversation about searching for the past and how it affects the present.

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