Michael Götting, Afro-German novelist, to read

On January 26 at 4:00 p.m., German author Michael Götting will be reading from his new novel, Contrapunctus (English: Counterpoint). The novel is an uncompromising portrayal of four Black Germans struggling with the remainders of the country’s colonial past, their relationships, and the racist tendencies within the society. Excerpts from his novel will be read in German and English, and a discussion in English will follow.

Götting is an author, journalist and curator. His novel was published in September 2015. He received his MA in North American Studies and German Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin. Götting writes for ZEIT ONLINEDeutschlandfunk and the Tagesspiegel and works as a freelance artist and curator for Berlin’s postmigrant theatre Ballhaus Naunystrasse.

The Waterloo Centre for German Studies and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies are hosting the event. The reading will take place in the courtyard in Environment 1 and will be followed by a Q&A session, held in English. All are welcome, and knowledge of German is not required. For more information, including more details about Götting’s book, please visit https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-german-studies/.


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