European Voices: A Reading and Conversation with Swiss author Christian Kracht

  • Starts: 7:00 pm on Monday, September 21, 2015
  • Ends: 8:30 pm on Monday, September 21, 2015

Join us for a reading and conversation with Christian Kracht, author of Imperium: A Fiction of the South Seas, and translator, Danny Bowles, Assistant Professor German Studies at Boston College. Moderated by Sanjay Krishnan, Associate Professor of English, Boston University.

In 1902, a radical vegetarian and nudist from Nuremberg named August Engelhardt set sail for the Pacific island of Kabakon. His goal: to found a colony based on worship of the sun and coconuts. Christian Kracht's Imperium recounts the details of Engelhardt's coconut-fueled life to craft a fable about the allure of extremism and its fundamental foolishness. An international bestseller, Imperium is funny, bizarre, shocking, and poignant—sometimes all on the same page.

Christian Kracht is a Swiss novelist whose books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. His previous novels include Faserland; 1979; and I Will Be Here in Sunshine and in Shadow. Imperium was the recipient of the 2012 Wilhelm Raabe literature prize.

Co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Boston and swissnex boston. Reception and book-signing to follow.

Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road (1st floor)