Reading at the Japanese-German Center Berlin starts at 6 pm
After the devastating earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in northeast Japan, a Berlin author spent a number of weeks in Kamakura gathering together material for his literary project about Robert KOCH’s visit there in the year 1908. The weeks spent in the small city by the sea are the unenlightened spots in the otherwise carefully researched life of the Nobel Prize winner and founder of modern microbiology. The narrator’s research about the German “Buddha of Medicine” and his young wife Hedwig also proves to be a journey into his own past at the same time.
“Die Stadt am Meer” (The city by the sea) is an autobiographical novel by the Berlin author Jürgen EBERTOWSKI. He studied Japanese, worked as a language teacher at the Goethe Institute in Tôkyô, had his own Aikidô School in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, and is already quite renowned as an author of historical novels and crime fiction. Most of his crime novels are set in Japan, Germany or Turkey – and sometimes in all three countries at the same time…
“Die Stadt am Meer” – Berlin-Kamakura-Monogatari, Jürgen Ebertowski
Schardt Verlag, Oldenburg