We welcome author Gregor Hens for a Lesung und Gespräch (in German & English) at 4:00 pm in Dwinelle 3335 and at 7:30 pm, Goethe-Institut Auditorium, 530 Bush Street, San Francisco.

One of Germany’s finest young authors, Gregor Hens, professor of German at Ohio State University, will read from his works, which have earned high praise from German critics.

Himmelsturz (2002), acclaimed by Die Welt as the “best debut novel” of the year, tells the story of a German-American professor whose perfect marriage is called into question when he and his spouse hire an architect to build their dream house. Transfer Lounge (2003), a collection of transatlantic short stories, is a “literary answer to the terror attacks in New York” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), dealing with passion, force, unexpected shocks, and sudden turns of events in the lives of the protagonists. And in his latest book Matta verläßt seine Kinder (2004), Karsten Matta, a post-conflict analyst for an international consulting company, decides one day, while waiting at the Pakistani embassy, to escape his past. “A book about love and despair, an original story, which goes to the heart of our time.” (Fischer Verlag)

Contributing regularly to Die Zeit and other newspapers as well as publishing academic texts in linguistics, poetics, and composition, Hens divides his time between his two residencies in Ohio and Berlin.

We welcome author Hugo Loetscher (Zürich) for a “Lesung und Gespräch” (reading in German) with Prof. Jeroen Dewulf (Universidade do Porto, Portugal), followed by a reception hosted by the Swiss Consulate, San Francisco.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. in the Morrison Library. This event is also co-sponsored by the UCB Library.

Swiss author Hugo Loetscher is, according to the Paris newspaper Le Figaro, “a writer in the European mold”, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung hails him as “the most cosmo-political of all Swiss writers.” Born in 1929 in Zurich, Loetscher studied political science, economics, sociology and literature in Zurich and Paris, then worked for many years as literary critic and editor of various journals, becoming a freelance writer in 1969. He has been guest lecturer at numerous American and European universities, and is the inaugural holder of the Swiss Chair at the City University New York. His books include Die Kranzflechterin (1964), Noah (1967), Der Immune (1975), Die Fliege und die Suppe (1989) and Saison (1998), and he is the recipient of numerous literary awards, among them the prestigious Schiller Prize of the Swiss Schiller Foundation.