Presentation by Writer-in-Residence Katharina Bendixen
THE JÓZSEF ATTILA CIRCLE LITERARY ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG WRITERS (JAK)
CENTRAL EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY
CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO MEET
Grantee of the JAK - Akademie Schloss Solitude Exchange Program and
CEU IAS Fellow
Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse (Fellows’ Club Room)
1015 Toldy Ferenc Street 8-10.
Friday, 7 February 2014
Please RSVP by February 5, Wednesday to firstname.lastname@example.org
Katharina Bendixen is a young German writer who is currently spending three months in Budapest working on her novel Leichte Beute that takes place in Budapest.
Welcome: by Eva Fodor (Academic Director CEU IAS)
Katharina Bendixen will be introduced by Zsófia Lóránd, Program Director of the JAK-Solitude Program at JAK
Katharina Bendixen was born in Leipzig in 1981. She conducted Hispanic Studies and Book Studies in Leipzig as well as in Alicante, Spain. She works as a writer, translator of youth novels from English into German, and prose editor for the journal Poet. Her first collection of short stories, Der Whiskyflaschenbaum was published in 2009, followed by Gern, wenn du willst in 2012. She has won several literary awards, in 2012—2013 she was the grantee of Akademie Solitude, which brought her to Budapest for three months in December 2013, where she is also a fellow at the CEU Institute for Advanced Study. In 2014 she will be a writer-in-residence in Erfurt, Germany.
„A young woman from Germany goes to Budapest as an au pair. Her host family seems pretty peculiar: the five-year-old child doesn’t want to eat and the parents apparently don’t care. The woman wants to help the child; she also wants her boyfriend who stayed in Germany and half-promised to visit her to come. In her mind she begins to link these two aims: if the child eats, her boyfriend will come. And so her fight begins: a fight against the family, a fight against a foreign country with a complicated language and a fight against the other au pairs. Before long, all these fights merge into a single fight against reality.”