CULTURE TALKS @ GOETHE: ROLAND SCHIMMELPFENNIG
Presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto
The Goethe-Institut had invited author Roland Schimmelpfennig to Toronto for presentations, conversations and interviews. While the North American premiere of his play 'Winter Solstice' at Soulpepper Theatre has been postponed along with his planned live reading from his acclaimed novel at the Goethe-Institut, we asked Germany’s most-played dramatist to read for you from his Berlin home in English, German, and Spanish.
A contemporary Berlin fairy tale that bristles with urban truths - the first novel of Germany's best-known contemporary playwright. One clear, ice-cold January morning shortly after dawn, a wolf crosses the border between Poland and Germany. His trail leads all the way to Berlin, connecting the lives of disparate individuals whose paths intersect and diverge. Experiences and encounters flicker past with a raw, visual power, like frames in a black and white film. Those who catch sight of the wolf see their own lives reflected, and find themselves searching for a different path in a cold time. This first novel of Germany's most celebrated contemporary playwright is written in prose of tremendous power and precision.