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“Israel at 60” – reading by Amos Oz at the Federal Foreign Office

14.12.2008 - Press release

Israeli writer Amos Oz will visit the Foreign Office on Monday (15 December) for the last in a series of readings by Israeli authors. He will be joining Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the “blue sofa” in the Weltsaal to read from his book “A Tale of Love and Darkness”. The reading and subsequent discussion between Oz and Steinmeier on the book itself as well as German-Israeli relations will be moderated by Wolfgang Herles (aspekte/ZDF).

The evening with Amos Oz concludes the series of readings by Israeli authors at the Federal Foreign Office, part of a wide-ranging programme of German-Israeli cultural events organized under the joint auspices of Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier and Israeli Ambassador Ben Ze'ev to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

The series of readings at the Federal Foreign Office have featured works by Boris Zaidmann, Assaf Gavron, Aliza Olmert and Katharina Hacker, a German writer who has spent many years in Israel.

“The Blue Sofa” programme featuring rendezvous with well-known authors is jointly sponsored by aspekte (ZDF), Der Club Bertelsmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Deutschlandradio Kultur. Since 1999 it has been an important fixture at the Frankfurt am Main and Leipzig Book Fairs and in Berlin, too, writers have taken their seats on the blue sofa for many a reading and discussion.

The event at the Federal Foreign Office will be broadcast live on Deutschlandradio Kultur at 20.00 h and on 21 December Phoenix TV will broadcast an hour-long recording of the event at 13.00 h.

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