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The new book by the bestselling author of "The Forbidden Journey" and "The Uncanny Lightness of Revolution

PORTRAIT Peter Wensierski
PORTRAIT Peter Wensierski Jannis Werner

Friday, April 10, 1981: In Jena, 23-year-old Matthias Domaschk boards the express train to Berlin. He wants to go to a birthday party. But he never arrives, because the packed train is stopped in Jüterbog, Matthias and three other Jena residents are arrested. Two days later, he lies dead in the visitors' room at the Stasi detention center in Gera. What happened back then?

Peter Wensierski captivatingly tells the story of an unconformist youth and his adversaries in a totalitarian state, based on the last days of Matthias Domaschk's life. How the police raid on a shared apartment and the protest against Wolf Biermann's expatriation became turning points for the Jena scene. And he paints a picture of a generation in divided Germany that listened to The Doors, Ton Steine Scherben and Jimi Hendrix in both East and West, read books from "Summerhill" to "Stadtguerilla," celebrated parties, hitchhiked abroad, went into conflict with their conformist parents and intolerant citizens - in search of an upright and self-determined life.

An event by Literatur LIVE in cooperation with Ch. Links Verlag and Thalia Buchhandlung.

(Program in German)

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