Gianna Zocco: Transatlantische Freundschaft. Die literarischen Unruhestifter James Baldwin und Fritz Raddatz
Lecture in the context of the exhibition Like you! Freundschaft digital & analog (27 Sep 2019–05 Jul 2020) at the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin.
In 1963, the work of the Afro-American author James Baldwin (1924–1987) was translated into German and published by Rowohlt publishers. His then editor was Fritz Raddatz (1931–2015), who helped establish the writer in the German-speaking world and became a close friend: Using documents and unpublished letters and telegrams, this talk traces the friendship and working relationship of these two men — and explores what may have been their strongest connection: a mutual commitment to being literary and political "troublemakers", a shared self-image as "disturbers of the peace" on both sides of the Atlantic.
Gianna Zocco, a comparatist, is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the ZfL with the project Of Awful Connections, East German Primitives, and the New Black Berlin Wall. Germany and German History in African-American Literature.
Lecture in the context of the exhibition »Like you! Freundschaft digital & analog«
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