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A Reading by Austrian Novelist Elisabeth Reichart

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 16, 2007

Austrian author Elisabeth Reichart, Max Kade Writer in Residence for the Departments of German, Russian and East Asian Languages, will be giving a reading from her work (in English and then in German) next Monday, October 22 at 7:30 pm in 101 Shatzel Hall (Conference Room).

Dr. Reichart studied history and German literature in Salzburg and Vienna, worked for a time as a guide at the memorial site of the Nazi concentration camp Mauthausen, and received her Ph.D. in history, focusing on the Austrian resistance movement against the Nazis in Austria. Since 1982, she has been living in Vienna as an independent writer and has served as a writer-in-residence at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, Nagoya City University (Japan), Dickinson College, as well as BGSU. She has published a number of well-regarded works of fiction since 1984, including Februarschatten (February Shadows; 1984), La Valse (1992), Sakkorausch (Foreign; 1994), and Das Haus der sterbenden Männer (The House of Dying Men; 2005).

Literatur und Kritik writes that:

Since her debut . . . about National-Socialist atrocities in her homeland, Elisabeth Reichart has continued on her path as a socially engaged author. Steadfastly she devotes herself to exposing lies and delusions, steadfastly she tries to grasp the truth behind reality. … The personal shadows that every human being carries around in his or her biography and the struggle against being powerless to conquer these shadows-this is the theme of her latest book.

Elisabeth Reichart’s residency is made possible by the Max Kade Foundation, the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages, the College of Arts and Sciences, and John Newlove Realty, Inc. For more information about Elisabeth Reichart, please take a look here.

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