Arnon Grunberg



The reading in the bookstore in Bad Soden – a spa town in the hills north of Frankfurt – took place Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. “It’s an experiment,” the owner of the bookstore said while we were walking from the train station to her bookstore, “a reading in the afternoon. We never did it before, and unfortunately not too many people have made a reservation, but we will survive.” The bookstore was tiny – probably the tiniest bookstore I’ve ever been to – and at 2 p.m. the bookstore was filled with people. Afterwards “Kaffee und Kuchen” – coffee and pastries were served. Delicious pastries.
Give up on the dream that literature is a mass medium. Literature is a private club, for members only, but with Kaffee, homemade Kuchen and a decent massage after the reading.

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