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2017

Opening of 17th ilb: Elif Shafak [Turkey/UK]

Elif Shafak [Turkey/UK] will give the opening speech at the 17th international literature festival berlin. With Chico Mello: »John Cage at the Beach Nr.0« and »Eu sonhei que tu estavas tão linda« (Lamartine Babo, Francisco Matoso) With simultaneous translation.

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Book Launch: Robert Menasse [Austria]: »Die Hauptstadt«

Set in the milieu of EU institutions in Brussels, »Die Hauptstadt« [The capital] by Robert Menasse [Austria] examines the tacit burial of the »epoch of shame«.

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Arundhati Roy [India]: »The Ministry of Utmost Happiness«

»The Ministry of Utmost Happiness« by Arundhati Roy [India] delves into the many contradictions that make up the Indian subcontinent. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation. With simultaneous translation

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Salman Rushdie [India/USA]: »Golden House«

Salman Rushdie [India / USA] will read from his new novel, »Golden House«.

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Book Launch: Eliot Weinberger [USA]: »The Ghosts of Birds«

Eliot Weinberger [USA] presents foreign and lost cultures with his essay collection »The Ghosts of Birds«.

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Perumal Murugan [India]: »One Part Woman«

In »One Part Woman«, Perumal Murugan [India] addresses the tinderbox of caste division as faced by a childless couple. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Event in English and German

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Book Launch: Amit Chaudhuri [India]: »Friend of my Youth«

Amit Chaudhuri [India]: »Friend of my Youth« tells the story of a man’s return to his parents’ house in Bombay. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Book Launch:Bachtyar Ali [Iraq/Germany]: »The City of White Musicians«

Bachtyar Ali's [Northern Iraq / Germany] »The City of White Musicians« examines Sadam Hussein’s extermination campaign against Kurds and Shiites. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Book Launch: Namita Gokhale [India]: »Things to Leave Behind«

In »Things to Leave Behind« Namita Gokhale [India] explores the legacy of India’s British-Indian past and rapid rise to modernity. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Twenty Years of »Banipal Magazine«: Arabic Literature in English

Amin Zaoui [Algeria], Mariam Al Saedi [United Arab Emirates], Emad Fouad [Egypt], Nouri Al-Jarrah [Syria], Veronika Dintinjana [Slovenia], Samuel Shimon [Iraq/UK] and Margaret Obank [UK] present the Independent Magazine of Modern Arabic Literature »Banipal« . Event in English

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Book Launch: Artur Klinaŭ [Belarus]: »Shklatara«

»Shklatara« by Artur Klinaŭ [Belarus] tells the story of a love-triangle at the time of the 2010presidental elections in Belarus.

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Book Launch: Bjarni Bjarnason [Iceland]: »Mannorð«

»Mannorð« by Bjarni Bjarnason [Iceland] tells of the failure of a finance specialist during the 2008-2011 Icelandic financial crisis.

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Andrea Canobbio [Italy]: »Tre anni luce«

In »Tre anni luce« Andrea Canobbio [Italy] tells the subtle and haunting story of a love triangle.

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Book Launch: Okky Madasari [Indonesia]: »Bound«

»Bound« [Gebunden] by Okky Madasari [Indonesia] is the authentic story of two friends in post-dictatorial society in Indonesia.

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Book Launch: Nadeem Aslam [Pakistan/UK]: »The Golden Legend«

In »The Golden Legend«, Nadeem Aslam [Pakistan / UK] portrays a society shaped by terrorism, corruption and prejudice.

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Book Launch: Mohsin Hamid [Pakistan]: »Exit West«

In »Exit West« by Mohsin Hamid [Pakistan], a young couple flees from a Muslim country on the brink of civil war.

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Amanda Lee Koe [Singapore/USA]: »Ministry of Moral Panic«

»Ministry of Moral Panic« by Amanda Lee Koe [Singapore / USA] describes outsiders and oddballs who move through a world in a state of misery.

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Goce Smilevski [Macedonia]: »Freud’s Sister«

Goce Smilevski [Macedonia] describes in »Freud’s Sister« the fictionalised life of Adolfine Freud, who died in Terezín concentration camp in 1943.

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Catherine Banner [UK]: »The House at the Edge of Night«

Spanning nearly a century, »The House at the Edge of Night« by Catherine Banner [Great Britain] is the saga of a family living on a Sicilian island.

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Mohammed Hasan Alwan [Saudi-Arabia/Canada]: »A Small Death«

Mohammed Hasan Alwan [Saudi-Arabia / Canada] writes in »A Small Death« about the Sufi mystic Ibn Arabi (1165 – 1240), who spent 50 years of his life on the road.

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Arnoldo Gálvez Suárez [Guatemala]: Writing about violence - literature and politics in Guatemala

»Puente Adentro« [Indoor bridge] by Arnoldo Gálvez Suárez [Guatemala] is a crime novel, mysterious love story and sinister political drama all wrapped up in one. A conversation with the author about conditions in his state and the circumstances of writing. In cooperation with the Büchergilde Gutenberg, Friends of the IAI and the Heinrich Böll Foundation Free admission

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Vicente Valero [Spain]: » Los Extraños«

Vincente Valero [Spain] connects the life stories of four forgotten sons in » Los Extraños« [The Strangers].

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Sergio Álvarez [Colombia/Spain]: »35 muertos«

Sergio Álvarez [Colombia / Spain] presents »35 muertos« [35 corpses], a masterful novel from Colombia.

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Maaza Mengiste [Ethiopia/USA]:»Under the Eyes of the Lion«

»Under the Eyes of the Lion« by Maaza Mengiste [Ethiopia / USA] describes a sinister chapter of Ethiopian history from a personal perspective. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Cécile Wajsbrot [France]: »Eclipse«

In »Eclipse« by Cécile Wajsbrot [France] a song reawakens memories of past loves in a solitary drifter.

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Christophe Boltanski [France]: »La Cache«

»La Cache« [Das Versteck/The Hiding Place] by Christophe Boltanski [France] tells the turbulent history of his family in Paris in the »Rue de Grenelle«.

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Juan Gómez Bárcena [Spain]: »El Cielo de Lima«

Based on a famous event in Spanish literary history, Juan Gómez Bárcena [Spain] examines the inseparability of life and literature in »El Cielo de Lima« [The Heavens of Lima].

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Lina Meruane [Chile/USA]: »Volverse Palestina«

In »Volverse Palestina« [Returning to Palestine] Lina Meruane [Chile/USA] writes of her haunting experiences while exploring her Palestinian heritage. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Book Launch: Burhan Sönmez [Turkey]: »Istanbul Istanbul«

In »Istanbul Istanbul« by Burhan Sönmez [Turkey] four prisoners held underground share stories about the city on the Bosphorus strait.

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Book Launch: Pola Oloixarac [Argentina]: »Las constelaciones oscuras«

In her dystopian novel »Las constelaciones oscuras« [Kryptozän], Pola Oloixarac [Argentina] mocks Darwinism and the nineteenth century’s naive faith in progress. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Alberto Tyszka Barrera [Venezuela]: »Patria o muerte«

In »Patria o muerte« [Home or Death] Alberto Tyszka Barrera [Venezuela] portrays a country on the brink of apocalypse. Invited via the Friends and Patrons of the international literature festival berlin e.V.

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Brian Castro [Australia]: »Blindness and Rage«

In »Blindness and Rage« by Brian Castro [Australia], a terminally ill poet find himself in a secret society in Paris. .

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Donna Leon [USA/Switzerland]: »Earthly Remains«

»Earthly Remains« by Donna Leon [USA / Switzerland / Italy] follows the Commisario Brunetti’s 26th case, which is also one of his greatest. With simultaneous translation

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Yasmina Reza [France]: »Babylon«

Enchanting yet strange, »Babylon« by Yasmina Reza [France] explores the chasms within a relationship. With simultaneous translation Please note: The author Yasmina Reza wishes not to be filmed and/ or recorded during her event. Thanks.

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Eva Mattes reads Elena Ferrante: »Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay« - with Maike Albath

»Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay« [Die Geschichte der getrennten Wege]: a reading of the third novel in the »Neapolitan Series« by Elena Ferrante [Italy] with Maike Albath [Germany].

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Book Launch: Ottessa Moshfegh [USA]: »Eileen«

»Eileen« by Ottessa Mosfegh [USA] is about an unusual, sympathetic and loveable outsider.

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Preview: Petina Gappah [Zimbabwe/Switzerland]: »Rotten Row«

Petina Gappah [Zimbabwe/Switzerland] shows in her collection »Rotten Row« [Die Schuldigen von Rotten Row] modern Zimbabwe as a place of extremes. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Dietmar Dath [Germany]: »Schnitt durch die Sonne«

In »Schnitt durch die Sonne« [Cross-section of the sun] by Dietmar Dath [Germany], six humans encounter an alien civilization and must complete three important tasks.

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Book Launch: Christoph Peters [Germany]: »Selfie mit Sheikh«

Christoph Peters [Germany] looks for gateways between Orient and Occident in his stories »Selfie mit Sheikh«.

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Arturo Fontaine [Chile]: »La Vida Doble«

»La vida doble« by Arturo Fontaine [Chile] is based on the true story of a female guerrilla fighter. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Stefan Hertmans [Belgium]: »Die Fremde«

»Die Fremde« by Stefan Hertmans [Belgium] is set during the crusades in the 11th century and tells of a Christian woman who has converted to Judaism.

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Mátyás Dunajcsik [Hungary]: »Underwater Cities«

In the stories of »Underwater Cities«, which are connected through the leitmotif of water, Mátyás Dunajcsik [Hungary] centres around themes of travel and migration.

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Book Launch: Elnathan John [Nigeria/Germany]: »Born on a Tuesday«

Elnathan John [Nigeria] shows in »Born on a Tuesday« the rise of radical Islam in Nigeria. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Book Launch: Yaa Gyasi [USA]: »Homegoing«

The African-American family saga »Homegoing« by Yaa Gyasi [USA] examines the emotional trauma of slavery. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Event in English

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Book Launch: Erling Kagge [Norway]: »Silence – In the Age of Noise«

Erling Kagge [NO] deals with three questions: What is silence? Where can we find it? Why is it so essential – now more than ever – in today’s world?

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Book Launch: Valeria Parrella [Italy]: »Troppa importanza all’amore«

»Troppa importanza all’amore« [Love is overrated] by Valeria Parrella [Italy] tells humorous stories about people who lose and find themselves.

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Nadifa Mohamed [Somalia/UK]: »The Orchard of Lost Souls«

In »The Orchard of Lost Souls« Nadifa Mohamed [Somalia / UK] writes about the fate of three women in Somalia in the late 1980s. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Book Launch: Frank Witzel [Germany]: »Direkt danach und kurz davor«

Set in post-war Germany, in »Direkt danach und kurz davor« [Immediately afterwards and shortly before] by Frank Witzel [Germany] a polyphonic choir delves into the past and tries to understand history through storytelling.

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Book Launch: Chloe Aridjis [Mexico/UK]: »Book of Clouds«

»Book of Clouds« by Chloe Aridjis [USA / UK] portrays the city of Berlin and a young Mexican Jewish woman living abroad. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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Ma Jian [China/UK]: »Red Dust«

»Red Dust« is the award-winning literary travelogue by Ma Jian [China / UK], one of the most famous authors of China’s »lost generation«.

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Charlotte Wood [Australia]: »The Natural Way of Things«

In »The Natural Way of Things« by Charlotte Wood [Australia], a group of young women are abducted and held captive in the Australian outback.

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Volker Sielaff [Germany]: »Überall Welt«

Volker Sielaff [Germany] presents his first prose work »Überall Welt. Ein Journal« [Anywhere world. A journal], in which he concisely relates personal observations, reflections and experiences spanning a period of ten years.

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Edna O'Brien [Ireland]: »The Little Red Chairs«

»The Little Red Chairs« by Edna O’Brien [Ireland] tells the story of a Balkan-war criminal hiding in a small Irish village.

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Felix Stephan [Germany]: »Slawa und seine Frauen«

In »Slawa und seine Frauen« [Slava and his women], Felix Stephan [Germany] reconstructs the story of his mother, who returned to Ukraine to search for her father.

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Tim Parks [UK/Italy]: »Thomas & Mary«

The highly-acclaimed novelist Tim Parks [UK / Italy] shows in »Thomas & Mary« the painful erosion of a thirty-year marriage.

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Book Launch: Marie NDiaye [France/Germany]: »La cheffe, roman d’une cuisinière«

Winner of the Prix Goncourt Marie N‘Diaye [France / Germany] writes in »La cheffe, roman d’une cuisinière« the story of a cook, leaving concrete biographical information hidden and many questions open.

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Madeleine Thien [Canada]: »Do Not Say We Have Nothing«

»Do Not Say We Have Nothing« by Madeleine Thien [Canada] reconstructs the time of the Tiananmen Square massacre from the perspective of a Chinese family.

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Dorit Rabinyan [Isreal]: »All the Rivers«

»All the Rivers« by Dorit Rabinyan [Israel] sparked a controversy in Israel, exposing the gulf between art and politics.

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Aris Fioretos [Sweden]: »Die dichte Welt«

In »Die dichte Welt« [The density of the world] Aris Fioretos [Sweden] reflects on the suicide of his friend. In collaboration with the journal »Sinn und Form«

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Ulrich Woelk [Germany]: »Nacht ohne Engel«

In »Nacht ohne Engel« [Night Without Angels] Ulrich Woelk [Germany] writes of two life plans which could not be more different.

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Book Launch: Shumona Sinha [India/France]: »Stateless«

In »Stateless«, Shumona Sinha [India / France] writes of the fate of two Bengali women faced with increasing violence and diminishing freedom.

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Book Launch: Norman Ohler [Germany]: »Die Gleichung des Lebens«

»Die Gleichung des Lebens« [The equation of life] by Norman Ohler [Germany] is a historical crime novel set during the time of Frederick the Great with the mathematician Leonhard Euler as its protagonist.

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Book Launch: Hari Kunzru [UK]: »White Tears«

Hari Kunzru [UK] writes about the blues and racism in America in »White Tears«.

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László Krasznahorkai [Hungary/Germany]: »The Manhattan Project«

In his literary journal »The Manhattan Project«, László Krasznahorkai [Hungary] retraces Herman Melville’s footsteps. Event in English and German

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Book Launch: Nicol Ljubić [Croatia/Germany]: »Ein Mensch brennt«

»Ein Mensch brennt« [A man on fire] by Nicol Ljubić [Croatia / Germany] centers on how an uncompromising idealist’s actions affect an unrelated family.

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Book Launch: Xiaolu Guo [China/UK]: »Once Upon A Time in the East«

In »Once Upon A Time in the East« Xiaolu Guo [China / UK] tells of her journey from a poor fishing village on the East China Sea to London in the year 2002.

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Meg Rosoff [USA/UK]: »Jonathan Unleashed«

In »Jonathan Unleashed« Meg Rosoff [USA/UK] tells of a successful New York copywriter who is dissatisfied with his life. Free admission | Donations welcome | To register for this event, please send an email to maike.niederhausen@ba-mh.verwalt-berlin.de or call 030-54704142

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Alberto Ruy-Sánchez [Mexico]: »Luz del colibrí«

In »Luz Del Colibrí« [Light of the colibri] Alberto Ruy-Sánchez [Mexico] explores the realms between waking and dreaming. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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V.V. Ganeshananthan [USA]: »Hippocrates«

V.V. Ganeshananthan’s [USA] »Hippocrates« focuses on Sri Lanka’s civil war.

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Mohammed Hanif [Pakistan]: »Our Lady of Alice Bhatti«

Mohammed Hanif's [Pakistan] »Our Lady of Alice Bhatti« is a tragicomical tale where religious fanaticism, arbitrariness and patriarchal structures are commonplace.

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Theresia Enzensberger [Germany]: »Blaupause«

In »Blaupause« [Blueprint] Theresia Enzensberger [Germany] brings the Bauhaus era to life. Advance tickets: 10 euros / box office 12 euros | Tickets can be purchased at the Georg Büchner bookstore

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Misha Schoeneberg [Germany]: »Siddhartha Highway«

In »Siddhartha Highway« Misha Schoeneberg [Germany] discovers India by foot. An event of the Thalia Buchhandlung, the S. Fischer Verlag, and the Kulturbrauerei, in cooperation with the ilb. Tickets pre-sale 10 euros + fees/ box office 12 euros | Tickets can be purchased at the Kulturbrauerei and severak advance booking offices.

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Roland Schimmelpfennig [Germany]: »Die Sprache des Regens«

In »Die Sprache des Regens« [The language of rain] Roland Schimmelpfennig [Germany] invites us into a world brimming with magical stories about life, families and betrayal. An event organized by Thalia Buchhandlung, S. Fischer Verlag and the Theater an der Parkaue in cooperation with the ilb. Advance tickets: 13 euros, available from the Prater and many other advance booking offices

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Angie Thomas [USA]: »The Hate U Give«

»The Hate U Give« by Angie Thomas [USA] tells of an adolescent girl drawn to activism after a policeman shoots her best friend although he is unarmed. Free admission | To register please send an email to marina.georgi@ba-mh.verwalt-berlin.de or call 030-9339380.

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Arnoldo Gálvez Suárez [Guatemala]: »Puente Adentro«

»Puente Adentro« [Indoor bridge] by Arnoldo Gálvez Suárez [Guatemala] is a crime novel, mysterious love story and sinister political drama all wrapped up in one. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

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