Literature | Reading from 'Schlafgänger' (Shift Sleepers) in the framework of the Distinctly Swiss series

Monday, 20.11.2017 – Wednesday, 22.11.2017


Literature | Reading from 'Schlafgänger' (Shift Sleepers) in the framework of the Distinctly Swiss series
Reading from 'Schlafgänger' (Shift Sleepers) in the framework of the Distinctly Swiss series | © Jürgen Beck

During a candid chat about work, life, language, society and migration, cross border movement and much more, Swiss author Dorothee Elmiger reads from her latest novel. She received for this novel the Swiss Literature Award 2015 by the Federal office of Culture. Translation to come out soon.

Kolkata | Monday, 20 November 2017, 06.00 pm | Oxford Bookstores, Park Street

New Delhi |Wednesday, 22 November 2017, 07.00 pm | Oxford Bookstores, Connaught Place

Reading in English will be followed by open interaction

Entry and participation open to all literature lovers!

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Program in collaboration with the Oxford Bookstores in Kolkata and New Delhi

Schalfgänger / Shift Sleepers:
A Novel, ca. 140 pp., Spring 2014
Promotional prize to Hermann-Hesse-Prize 2014
Schweizer Literaturpreis 2015

The latest novel by Dorothee Elmiger, best of immigrant literature from Switzerland. Intense, political, combative: a novel about wealth and distribution, about migration and crossing boundaries. Somewhere in Europe they meet each other. Border crossers, smugglers, refugees, workers, asylum seekers, inspectors, artists, instrumentalists, actors, journalists, grant holders, logisticians, students and ghosts. They come from everywhere. They are all surrogates of our time and they are carrying on a conversation. They discuss one’s origins and justice, bodies and the state, import and export, home and migration, happiness, music and death. Dorothee Elmiger has written a novel that sheds light on the controversial questions of our day. And she finds a language to do so that has not yet been heard in contemporary German literature.

About Dorothee Elmiger:
Dorothee Elmiger is one of the newest faces in Swiss literature. Dorothee was born in 1985 in Wetzikon, Switzerland, and grew up in Appenzell. She received a grant from the Literaturkurs Klagenfurt in 2009 and was awarded the Kelag Prize at the Ingeborg Bachmann Festival 2010 for her first novel ‘Invitation to the Bold of Heart’ as well as the Aspekte Literature Prize 2010 for the best German debut prose and the Rauriser Literaturpreis 2011. Her novel ‘Invitation to the Bold of Heart’ has been published in English by Kolkata based Seagull Books.

For her novel Schlafgänger (Shift Sleepers) she was awarded the promotional prize of the Hermann- Hesse-Prize 2014.

Location: Kolkata, New Delhi