03.10.2012 - Charles Lewinsky

Charles Lewinsky experienced his international breakthrough with his epic novel Melnitz (2006), which became a downright bestseller in Holland among other countries, and won the French Prix du Meilleur livre étranger for best novel in translation. To celebrate the publication of the Dutch translation of his new novel Gerron, Charles Lewinsky will be our guest at BorderKitchen.

Gerron tells the true story of Jewish actor Kurt Gerron. He was a theatre actor under director Max Reinhardt and Bertolt Brecht, acted in silent movies and later on he starred in films like The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel; opposite Marlene Dietrich). Besides being an actor, he was a film director himself. When Jews were no longer welcome at UFA, Germany’s principal film studio, Gerron went into exile in France and The Netherlands. In 1944 he was sent to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. After his arrival there, he is confronted with a horrible dilemma – the novel follows him while he is looking back on his life.

Charles Lewinsky (Zürich, 1946) worked for years as a dramaturge, director and editor, and writes novels, plays and television scripts. He has been our guest before, at Crossing Border festival – back then it was because of Johannistag, the succesor of Melnitz. We look forward to welcoming him again; this time he will be interviewed – in English – by Wim Brands (VPRO).