BY HANS PLESCHINSKI, MODERATION: MAIKE ALBATH
An old famous man, a Nobel laureate, leaves a sanatorium in bombed Dresden with his wife and is brought by military escort to the train station. It is March 1945; the train travels east to Silesia, where Gerhart and Margarete Hauptmann own a magnificent estate in the Sudeten Mountains — Villa “Wiesenstein”. They want to stay there in ravishingly beautiful surroundings, with their own masseur, maid, butler and gardener, cook and secretary. They lead a luxurious life of intellectualism in the midst of barbarism. But was it the right decision to stay in the Third Reich in the first place? At what price? The war is over, and Russian troops and Polish militias are advancing while old Silesia slowly founders.
Hans Pleschinski’s “Wiesenstein” tells the shocking and unusual tale of Gerhart Hauptmann’s eventful, exciting life, while evoking his work with hitherto unpublished diary entries. At the same time, a world that vanished when the war was lost is brought to life. Hans Pleschinski’s novel will be presented for the first time at the Kammerspiele. None other than Mario Adorf will read his text.
An event organised by the Literturhandlung bookstore in cooperation with the Münchner Kammerspiele und Verlag C. H. Beck.