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Tue, 23 Jan



German Book Club: 'Die Verlassenen'

Join us for a discussion in German of the book 'Die Verlassenen' by Matthias Jügler. New members very welcome!

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German Book Club: 'Die Verlassenen'
German Book Club: 'Die Verlassenen'

Time & Location

23 Jan 2024, 18:30 – 20:00

Glasgow, 3 Park Circus, Glasgow G3 6AX, UK

About the Event

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Our monthly book club meets up on a Tuesday evening, approx. ten times a year. In an informal atmosphere we discuss (in German) a contemporary novel, short story or a collection of poems which participants read before we meet up.

Join us for the next session of our book club to discuss (in German) the novel Die Verlassenen by Matthias Jügler. New members welcome!


What would you rather forget if you could? Johannes looks back on a troubled East German childhood: the early death of his mother, the mysterious disappearance of his father. All his questions about this remained unanswered, which is why he still cautiously gropes his way through life as an adult. A melancholic loner who has settled into a quiet existence. When Johannes comes across a letter, addressed to his father and sent only a few days before he left without a word, this find changes not only Johannes' future, but also his past as a child of the pre-reunification GDR. His memories undergo a profound transition and with them his view of his own life.


Matthias Jügler, born in Halle/Saale in 1984, studied Scandinavian Studies in Greifswald and Oslo and Literary Writing at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. He is the editor of the anthologies Wie wir leben wollen. Texts for Solidarity and Freedom (Suhrkamp, 2016) and WIR. YESTERDAY. TODAY. HERE. (Piper, 2020), works as a journalist and freelance editor. The novel Die Verlassenen met with great enthusiasm in the press. In 2022 Matthias was writer in residence in Reykjavík/Iceland and received the Klopstock Prize for New Literature. His third novel Maifliegenzeit will be published in March 2024.


Everyone who would like to read and discover German books and share their reading experience with others is welcome. The conversation will be in German. All participants should have sufficient language skills to read and discuss in German.

Participation is free of charge.


If you are not a regular member of the book club please register your interest by sending an email to We will add you to our book club mailing list.

More information: Goethe-Institut Glasgow Book Club Page.

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