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When dead birds are found on a mountain above the city of Pompeii, the immigrant Jowna has an intuition: If there really is a volcano rumbling, as some people claim, then one must look the other way. Without schooling, money or influence, he manages to put himself at the head of a dropout movement.

KEY VISUAL Eugen Ruge: Pompeji oder Die fünf Reden des Jowna
KEY VISUAL Eugen Ruge: Pompeji oder Die fünf Reden des Jowna © Martin_Powilleit

Soon the city leader Fabius Rufus fears that the volcano rumours could harm Pompeii, but it is only when one of the rich citizens also seems to give a damn about the danger that Livia, the most powerful woman in the city, intervenes. Jowna swings round. Faced with disaster, he does - nothing.

Eugen Ruge's Pompeii is an invention based on historical truth: a distant mirror in which we recognise ourselves.

An event by Literatur LIVE in cooperation with dtv and Thalia Buchhandlung.

(Program in German)

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