Berlin based writer, journalist, art historian, and activist Tanja Dückers will read from her 1999 novel Spielzone. We will discuss the novel and its significance today.
Tanja Dückers is an award-winning author, literary scholar, journalist, and activist. She has published 18 books, among others her first novel, Spielzone (Zone for Play, 1999), which depicts the adventures of young people exploring post-Iron Curtain life in Berlin. Apart from prose works, she has published essay volumes, books of poetry, children’s books and plays. Articles have appeared in publications such as Die Zeit, Spiegel, taz, Jungle World, and National Geographic. Dückers is an active member of Amnesty International , the international PEN, the Christa-Wolf-Foundation, the German union ver.di, of Slow Food and of the Berlin-based refugee-support-group „we’re doing it“, mainly of Weiter Schreiben (Write On), a project for authors, who are seeking asylum. She also founded her own chocolate brand, “Preusisch Süß – Berliner Stadtteilschokolade.”