Dana Grigorcea, Simone Lappert & Pedro Lenz

"La suisse n'existe pas"

Panel discussion and authors' reading

Saturday 17 july 2021

open-air stage

Old Botanical Garden

Contemporary Swiss authors read from their latest works and discuss living and working in Switzerland, special qualities of Swiss literature, and what homeland means to them. 


Dana Grigorcea, born in Bucharest in 1979, studied German and Dutch and has lived in Zurich for many years. She has received numerous awards for her works, including the novels "Die nicht sterben," "Das primäre Gefühl der Schuldlosigkeit," and "Baba Rada," among them the 3sat Prize at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition.

Simone Lappert, born in 1985 in Aarau, Switzerland, studied at the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel. With her debut novel "Wurfschatten" she was shortlisted for the "aspekte" prize. She is president of the Basel International Poetry Festival. In 2019, she published the novel "Der Sprung", which was nominated for the Swiss Book Prize. 


Pedro Lenz, born in 1965, is one of the most important, perhaps even the most important voice in contemporary Swiss dialect literature. His bestselling novel Der Goalie bin ig (The Goalie's Me) has won several prizes, been performed as a play, served as a blueprint for the feature film of the same name and has been published in ten translations so far. 






The event will be held in German. 


Doors: 7 pm

Event start: 8 pm



Weather permitting, the event will take place on the open-air stage in the Old Botanical Garden.
In case of bad weather, the event will take place indoors at Kaufleuten. The decision on the venue will be published

on this website on the day of the event.



Due to the Corona rules, only a very limited contingent of seats is available.

You can reserve tickets for seats here.


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