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Literary encounter event held at Goethe-Institut

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Literary encounter event held at Goethe-Institut

A literary encounter event was held at Goethe-Institut Bangladesh in Dhanmondi of the capital on Saturday. The Reading Circle Dhaka read and discussed the book ‘30 April 1945’ by Alexander Kluge, translated by Wieland Hoban.

The book is published by Seagullbooks, supported by a grant from the Goethe-Institut.

Alexander Kluge’s latest book, ‘30 April 1945’ depicts April 30 in 1945, a day filled with contradictions and bewildering events that would forever define global history.

Alexander Kluge narrates the stories and events happening around the world on one fateful day. During the discussion, the reading circle vividly discussed about the book transgressing genres, about its position in times of war and politics, discovered the similarities with the present, and how we can still see our own reflections in the upheaval of a single day in 1945. The audience from Bangladesh thoroughly enjoyed the discussion and the lively reading.

Moderator Dr Niaz Zaman, English professor of Independent University, conducted the conversation with the readers.

Participants of the Reader Circle were advocate Asfa Hussain, Shireen Mainuddin, Shahrukh Rahman, Dr Razia Khan, Khadija Afzal and Shireen Islam.

April 30, 1945, marked an end of sorts in the Third Reich. The last business day before a national holiday and then a series of transfers of power, April 30 was a day filled with contradictions and bewildering events that would forever define global history.

Translated by Wieland Hoban, the book delves into the events happening around the world on one fateful day, including the life of a small German town occupied by American forces and the story of two SS officers stranded on the forsaken Kerguelen Islands in the South Indian Sea. Kluge is a master storyteller, and as he unfolds these disparate tales, one unavoidable question surfaces: What is the appropriate reaction to the total upheaval of the status quo?

KK

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