Writers Center Stage presents: Jonathan Franzen
The William N. Skirball Writers Center Stage Series brings the literary world’s best writers to Greater Cleveland. The 2022-2023 series is presented by the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and Case Western Reserve University. Funds raised by this series help support Cuyahoga County Public Library, the nation’s top-rated library system for twelve consecutive years.
7:30 PM Eastern
Tuesday April 11, 2023
BOOK LAUNCH: THE SHORT END OF THE SONNENALLEE
German author Thomas Brussig’s novel, The Short End of the Sonnenallee, is a novel set in Communist East Germany in the decade before the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is a rich, at times funny, at times sad, account of a group of interrelated individuals living in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, as the regime is showing signs of decay from within.
Brussig’s novel, a bestseller in Germany, has now been translated into English by award-winning American author Jonathan Franzen and Dr. Jenny Watson, professor of German at Marquette University. Brussig, Franzen, and Watson will present the English translation of the novel at Marquette on April 13.