09 Mar

Lyrik Kabinett: Heroes on Trial - A re-reading of medieval classics

Opening hours / Beginning:

7:00 pm

9 March 2023


Lyrik Kabinett Amalienstraße 83a (Rückgebäude) 80799 München
Adolf Muschg auf der Leipziger Buchmesse

Adolf Muschg at the Leipzig Book Fair | © Wikimedia Commons

Wolfram von Eschenbach crafted perhaps the most ingenious account of the Parzival (Percival) story. In a style and language that “twists and turns like a scared rabbit”, von Eschenbach recounts the young Percival’s journey to becoming one of Arthur’s knights and the Grail King, as well as his altercations with God and himself.

Adolf Muschg (born in the Canton of Zurich in 1934, recipient of the Büchner Prize and Switzerland’s Grand Prix de Littérature) presented a multi-faceted retelling of Parzival as far back as the 1990s. Some thirty years on from its publication, he now looks back at it with fresh insights.

The event is a continuation of the Heroes on Trial series in which Ulrike Draesner, Tristan Marquardt and their guests reinterpret medieval classics. Both have doctorates in medieval studies and have found creative ways of transporting medieval texts to the present day. Both Draesner and Muschg only recently published new volumes of prose: Ulrike Draesner, Die Verwandelten (The Transformed), Luchterhand 2023; and Adolf Muschg, Aberleben (Alter-Life), C.H. Beck 2022.

Sponsored by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Literarischer Gesellschaften und Gedenkstätten, ALG (Literary Societies and Memorials Working Group) and the Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse München (Stadtsparkasse Munich Cultural Foundation)

Tickets: 8 euros/6 euros (discount rate). Lyrik Kabinett members receive free admission. For more information, please visit the Lyrik Kabinett website. The event will be held in German.

LMU and the Lyrik Kabinett have worked together very intensively for over 30 years. The more than 70,000 works subsumed under the Lyrik Kabinett Foundation are available via OPAC to everyone related to LMU. Numerous events provide a fascinating insight into the current poetic landscape.

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