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Generation X Reflects: British – German Encounters
13 March 2012
7 March 2012
Rising literary stars Jan Brandt and Joe Dunthorne, in conversation with Philip Oltermann.
On Wednesday 7 March 2012, the German department, the DAAD and UCL’s
co-hosted a literary panel discussion with Jan Brandt and Joe Dunthorne. Jan Brandt’s debut novel Gegen die Welt [Against
the World], a story of growing up in a remote village on the
northwestern edge of West Germany in the late 1980s and 90s, was
shortlisted for the prestigious Deutscher Buchpreis in 2011, while Joe
Dunthorne’s first novel, Submarine, a coming-of-age tale set in South Wales during the same period, became a successful film (directed by Richard Ayoade) in 2011.
Jan Brandt was a visiting student at UCL German Department 1997-98, and the compere for the evening was Guardian journalist and UCL (Centre for European Studies) alumnus Philip Oltermann, whose book Keeping up With the Germans: a History of Anglo-German Encounters has just been published.
The evening was followed by a drinks reception.