The Department of German at NYU and Deutsches Haus at NYU present a reading (in German) by Elisabeth Bronfen from her novel, Händler der Geheimnisse (Limmat Verlag, 2023); followed by a conversation (in English) – about Bronfen's thought process and writing practice, and how this novel fits in with her scholarly research – with Atina Grossman.
Spy story and family drama Fifty years after the end of World War II, Jewish-American veteran George Bromfield dies suspiciously in a New York City hospital. Could it be that his second wife hastened his death? While trying to uncover the mysterious circumstances of his death, his daughter Eva and her brother Max dig deeper and deeper into their father's mysterious past. The siblings go to Munich and New York to find out why their father returned to Bavaria after the end of the war and how this pertains to his friendship with a portrait painter and Nazi collaborator. Elisabeth Bronfen skillfully combines a spy story with a family drama and depicts the after-effects of a culture of secrecy that characterized the post-war period from 1945 onwards.
“'Händler der Geheimnisse:' An Evening with Elisabeth Bronfen and Atina Grossmann” is funded by the DAAD from funds of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).
Date and Time: Monday, September 11th 2023, 5:00 PM-6:30 PM
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003