Volker Braun: Handstreiche + Verlagerung des geheimen Punkts
Two new book publications mark Volker Braun’s 80th birthday. In Handstreiche he lets aphorisms, dialogue fragments and quotes explore how a writer, under current conditions, can intervene in a course of events. Verlagerung des geheimen Punkts assembles underground texts and speeches. It opens with a satire on the 1977 expatriations, and contains literary essays and texts about poetry and politics. The book outlines work that was a turning point of radical change ultimately leading to the fall of the Wall and ends with Braun’s 2018 speech in Kamenz.