33rd Jewish Culture Days Munich  »I Feel Good Only in a Foreign Place«

33rd Jewish Culture Days Munich
»I Feel Good Only in a Foreign Place«

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Literature & Knowledge – Lecture
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Sunnyi Melles recounts the eventful life journey of author Joseph Roth
Text and director: Alexander Wiegold

»You lose one home after the other«, exiled Joseph Roth wrote 1939 in Paris. »Here I am, walking stick in hand. The feet are sore, the heart is tired.« Writer Joseph Roth, world-famous for his literary masterpieces »Radetzky March« and »Job«, was a restless wanderer, forever driven. Losing one’s home and the fate of being forever on the move – both deeply Jewish experiences –  are the key motifs of his work.

Born in 1894 in the Jewish shtetl of Brody in today’s Ukraine, Roth moved to Vienna in 1913 to study. Then the First World War erupted and changed everything: the Austrian Empire collapsed; in the years that followed, his homeland of Galicia, and with it Jewish life in Eastern Europe, dissolved into the nirvana of history. Roth travelled across Europe as a journalist. He barely ever owned an apartment; forever in transit, sleeping in hotels and writing in cafés, he attempted to conjure up and set a literary monument to the vanished worlds of his childhood and youth, the Austrian multi-ethnic state, but above all the Jewish culture of Galicia.

Sunnyi Melles will trace the eventful life of this extraordinary author through literary testimonies, essays and contemporary documents.

In cooperation with Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and Literaturhandlung Munich; with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture of the City of Munich (Gesellschaft zur Förderung jüdischer Kultur und Tradition e. V., Munich)

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