About the book:
On a clear day in the Caribbean a propeller plane with the 32-year-old seismologist Nelly on board suddenly disappears from the radar. After months of searching, pieces of wreckage are found in the jungles of Nicaragua. But of Nelly not a trace remains. At home in Frankfurt, her girlfriend cannot get over her disappearance. She travels to Managua, settles into Nelly’s old room, reads the notes and diaries she left behind and talks with the people who knew her there, driven by a strange obsession that seems to be keeping her from confronting a secret in her own life. And in this way, her search for Nelly steadily takes on the contours of escape.
Earth’s Mantle is Hot and Partially Molten is a novel about otherness and loneliness, a novel about private and political threats, about the desire to disappear and the hope to be sought and held, at least in memory.
About the panelists:
Nina Bußmann was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1980. She studied Comparative Literature and Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin and the University in Warsaw and currently lives in Berlin. Her works incorporate prose, essays and radio plays. She gained recognition through her first two novels, Große Ferien, which was published in 2012, and Der Mantel der Erde ist heiß und teilweise geschmolzen, published in 2017. In her work she also cooperates with the German-Italian performance and object artist, Gabriela Oberkofler.
Nina Bußmann has received numerous scholarships and prizes. In 2011 she received the 3-Sat-Preis, and recently she was honored with the Robert-Gerhardt-Preis for the work on her ongoing project, the novel „Dickicht,“ which will be released in the spring of 2020. The plot of the novel focuses on a veterinarian named Ruth Gretter, whose life goes off the rails due to drug addiction. To bring the characters in Dickicht to life and provide them with an individual voice, she uses different writing styles and genres in her work, that vary from sketches, diary entries, and finally to prose. Nina Bußmann creates distinctive personalities, that exist on the edges of human consciousness, but still play a central role in our present. Generally, the novel focuses on the uncertainty in modern consciousness between a work and living environment, between friendships and therapies, and between spiritual temptations.
Once a professor of German language and literature, Eric Jarosinski has gone on to find his true calling as a former professor of German language and literature. He is currently the editor and sole author of @NeinQuarterly, the world's leading fictitious journal of utopian negation (found on Twitter). In addition, Jarosinski regularly takes his stand-up philosophy/sit-down comedy on the road as part of his ongoing Failed Intellectual Goodwill Tour. His writing and stage performances have been featured in numerous international publications, including the New Yorker, The Economist, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and El País. Jarosinski's first book, Nein. A Manifesto., was recently published in six languages.
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"Earth's Mantle is Hot and Partially Molten": An Evening with Nina Bußmann and Eric Jarosinski is presented with the generous support of the Deutscher Literaturfonds.