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Katja Petrowskaja: "Vielleicht Esther"

Submitted by Michael Neininger on November 18, 2019 - 2:09pm
Katja Petrowskaja
Katja Petrowskaja: "Vielleicht Esther"

On October 7-8, the Kyiv-born and Berlin-based writer Katja Petrowskaja visited the University of Washington to read from her novel, Vielleicht Esther, which won the prestigious Bachmann prize in Germany in 2013, and which was translated into English in 2018. Audience members from across the university and the region crowded into the standing-room only reading, which was preceded by a riveting conversation with Sasha Senderovich (Slavic Languages and Literatures and Jewish Studies). On the following day Jason Groves (Germanics) moderated a colloquium with Petrowskaja on the process of writing and translating this multilingual, transnational family history whose archives have been erased by the Holocaust. The event was also sponsored by the Simpson Center’s Translation Studies Hub and the Transnational Approaches to Europe Colloquium Series, two lecture series which promise many more exciting events this academic year.