Thirty years after the fall of Berlin Wall, join us on World Refugee Day for an evening with Birgit Vanderbeke (author) and Jamie Bulloch (translator) to celebrate the launch of You Would Have Missed Me.
Having already worked together on Birgit Vanderbeke’s last novel, The Mussel Feast, both Birgit and Jamie with be in conversation at the Goethe-Institut to celebrate the release of You Would Have Missed Me in English. The book has already been called ‘a hauntingly brilliant evocation of childhood’ (Jackie Law, Never Imitate) and ‘a graceful, feather-light novel whose true weight is revealed only gradually’ (MDK Kultur).
It chronicles a family’s flight from East to West Germany in the early 1960s as seen through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl.
Today, as in the past, people flee from one country to another in the hope of finding a better future. But how do children experience such displacement? Birgit Vanderbeke goes back to her own childhood and shows how she saved herself by imagining countries on the far side of the world.
Come along to listen to Birgit and Jamie speak, as well as have the opportunity to ask them questions of your own.
When: 7pm, Thursday 20th June
Where: The Goethe-Institut, London
Free entry via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-birgit-vanderbeke-jamie-bulloch-tickets-62511168588
Read more about You Would Have Missed Me here.