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27-07-2017
Solo-Show: Renato Kaiser in der Kommentarspalte
Renato Kaiser
Mutterschiff Open Air
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29-07-2017
Night-Lesung: Warum Sherlock Holmes sterben musste…
Andreas Augustin
Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère
Davos Platz

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30-07-2017
Richisauer Literatursommer
Beat Hüppin
Gasthaus Richisau
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01-08-2017
Kunst im Schtadl 9

Treffpunkt: Hotel Bietschhorn, Tour durch verschiedene Schtadl im Dorf verteilt
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Bookfinder: Sie suchen ein gutes Buch – wir machen Ihnen einen Vorschlag. LiteraturSchweiz hat einen digitalen Bookfinder entwickelt, der diese Aufgabe übernimmt. Sie brauchen bloss sechs Mal zu klicken und so anzuzeigen, wer Sie sind, der Bookfinder sagt, was Sie (vielleicht) gerne lesen. Sie können den Bookfinder auch benutzen, um ein Lektüregeschenk für Freunde und Bekannte zu finden.  So funktioniert der digitale Bookfinder. Er basiert auf Moritz Tramers «Der Bücherkatalogtest als charakterlogisches Prüfmittel» von 1953. Dem test zufolge sollen Probanden Buchtitel aus einer Liste auswählen, die dem Psychologen ein Bild seiner Interessen vermitteln. Der Bookfinder kehrt das Verfahren um und empfiehlt je nach (Selbst-)Charakterisierung mögliche Bücher zur Lektüre.   Die Grundlage dafür bilden die annähernd 300 Lesetipps von LiteraturSchweiz, die mit aktuellen Neuerscheinungen ergänzt worden sind. Die Resultate des Bookfinder sind so treffend oder unzutreffend, wie man sich oder den/die zu Beschenkende/n anhand von Eigenschaften, Talenten und Interessen zu charakterisieren vermag – und sind, natürlich, mit einem Augenzwinkern zu verstehen. Ein gutes Buch kommt dabei aber allemal heraus. 

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«Chaya» von Kathy Zarnegin: Rezensionshinweis viceversaliteratur

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Versauernde Bücherbestände: Die bibliophile Notiz für Kalenderwoche 30

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«Nessun messaggio nuovo» Dada Montarolo: Recensione di viceversaletteratura

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«Après l’Union» de Antonio Rodriguez: Critique par viceversalittérature

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Bücher verwaist: Die bibliophile Notiz für Kalenderwoche 29

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Gianna Molinari wird in Klagenfurt ausgezeichnet: Gianna Molinari wird in Klagenfurt ausgezeichnet

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Jacques Chessex, A Jew must die: On April 16th 1942, the cattle dealer Arthur Bloch is slain next to the market in Payerne and then dumped into the Lake of Neuchâtel. Bloch was highly estimated among the farmers as a fair dealer – but he was a Jew. That was enough to bring a group of half-witted Nazis to prey on him.Jacques Chessex, born in 1934 in Payerne, had heard about this case. He reviewed the case again. He recounts Arthur Bloch’s martyrdom matter-of-factly, like a chronicler, not least in order to evaluate if something similar could happen again. Behind the naive and fanatic murderers who were caught quickly, he discovers a network of perfidiously scheming agitators, among them the former vicar Lugrin whose hate was unbridled and essential. Chessex describes how he accidentally recognises Lugrin in a café in Lausanne in 1964 and sits down with him for a couple of eerie moments. Bloch was a random victim to set a warning example. By revisiting the case, Chessex brings back the preposterous and terrible act into the collective consciousness. The book was received as a provocation especially in Payerne, most probably for its factual, sober recounting and for its wanting to understand rather than to denounce.(Beat Mazenauer, transl. by Anja Hälg)

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Martin R. Dean, Meine Väter: The Swiss born Martin R. Dean is the son of two fathers, both from Trinidad. He varies this private fact in his novel by using different narrative forms. His first person narrator finds this situation to be rather painful, because two fathers is one to many. When he becomes a father himself, he sets out to find his biological father who lives London. He meets him in an old folks home, they solve their helpless silence by going on a trip ‹home› to Trinidad. But in the tropical climate any attempt to clarify things vanishes in the maelstrom of sensations and perceptions. For the narrator, meeting this stranger generates moments of clarification and of alienation at the same time.In a sensual and intelligent way, «Meine Väter» is about the quest for a steady identity which basically cannot be found anymore. The patriarcal system tries to keep this illusion alive though, but only the mother is certain. At the end, the narrator has to recognise that despite his yearning he cannot deal with his tropical ‹home›, neither in physical nor in culinary matters. He has long become (a slightly atypical) Swiss. «I am me» is his conclusion. I am me and my friends are my family.(Beat Mazenauer, transl. by Anja Hälg)

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Sandra Hughes, Lee Gustavo: Boom! Blackout. Just as unexpectedly as the meteorite hits Lee Gustavo’s head in the first paragraph author Sandra Hughes’ book appeared. Knocked out by the stray meteorite the protagonist lies in the hospital and wanders around in her own memories from which we gradually recognise the image of a rascal at the margins of society. Jobs of all kind sketch a rather bohemian biography. One of her dimensions which holds a diabolic temptation is set on her father’s side in Brazil. Lee answers the accusation of her father and avenges his sad suicide."Lee Gustavo" is an impressive debut in which the adventurous intrepidity of the heroine is reflected in the language of the book. Sandra Hughes found a smooth and light narration that wittily describes a recalcitrant attitude towards life and reigns in the chaos such that the meteorite could not possibly miss it. (Beat Mazenauer, transl. by Anja Hälg)

New releases

Walter Millns: Blutroter Rhein. Emons Verlag GmbH.

New releases

Matthias Zschokke: Ein Sommer mit Proust. Wallstein Verlag.

News

Boersenblatt News: Tübinger Filialist wächst weiter: Osiander kauft Hübscher

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Boersenblatt News: Spiegel-Bestsellerliste ohne "Finis Germania": Chefredaktion entfernt Skandalbuch

Festivals

Tales. 18. Seetaler Poesisommer: Das längste Literaturfestival der Schweiz

Rigi Literaturtage: Rigi Kulm

Le livre sur les quais 2017: Morges (Waadt)