Events | Michael Kleeberg: Heimat—A German Mythos: Literature, Politics, and Cultural Plurality in Times of Migration and Nationalism

Los Angeles | October 7, 2019 | 12:00 PM

Photo: Lothar Koethe

The award-winning German writer and translator Michael Kleeberg will reflect on his father's childhood experiences in postwar Frankfurt to ruminate on the myth of belonging in times of migration. How do we cope with the experience of abandoning our home?

Michael Kleeberg, born 1959 in Stuttgart, studied political sciences and history. After Rome and Amsterdam, he lived in Paris from 1986 to 1999. He now works as an author and translator in Berlin. He has been awarded multiple times for his work, including as Mainzer Stadtschreiber in 2008. His novel "Das Amerikanische Hospital", published 2010, was nominated for the German Book Prize and received the Evangelical Book Prize in 2011. His novel "Vaterjahre" was awarded the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize of the city of Bad Homburg. In 2016, Michael Kleeberg received the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for his life's work.



Royce Hall 236

October 7, 2019
12:00 PM

For more information, please contact Professor David D. Kim at


An event in cooperation with UCLA Department of Germanic Languages.

Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office and Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.



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