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Literatur LIVE

Berlin, mid-1980s. Two young women celebrate, dance, travel, fall in love - and grow up in the east of the city. Then the wall falls and the lives of the girlfriends change at breakneck speed. Simone travels the world, Anja has a child, gets married and starts working. They drift apart and yet don't lose each other. Until the day when Simone goes forever and Anja stays behind.


Who was Simone? And why did she take her own life? In search of answers, the author undertakes a journey back into her friend's life and into her own. She talks to relatives, friends and experts, reads letters, diaries and documents - and turns them into moving literature.

Anja Reich, born in Berlin, is an author and journalist. She has been working for the »Berliner Zeitung« since 1996 and reported as a correspondent from New York from 2001 and from Tel Aviv from 2018 to 2020. She received the German Reporter Prize and the Theodor Wolff Prize for her reports. Most recently, she was published by the Aufbau Verlag »Getauschte Heimat. A year between Berlin and Tel Aviv” (together with Yael Nachshon Levin). She lives in Berlin.

An event by Literatur LIVE in cooperation with the Aufbau Verlag and the Thalia bookstore.

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