Cyprus Mail

The process of forgetting memory

By Maria Gregoriou

The Goethe-Institut Cyprus in Nicosia will host a literary evening with prominent German author Katherina Hagena on Thursday at 7.30pm.

The author will be talking, mainly, about her debut novel The Taste of Apple Seeds, a family saga narrated from the perspective of a granddaughter, Iris.

The novel begins with the death of the grandmother, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years. In her last will the grandmother gave instructions that Iris should inherit the family house. This inheritance is the trigger to make Iris come face-to-face with her family history and revisit her childhood.

Hagena uses the motifs of remembering and forgetting – when Iris remembers what has come before and when her grandmother forgets who she is due to Alzheimer’s – to express extreme opposites in the novel. This mechanism of forgetfulness also affects Iris and makes her question her own memory.

The bestselling novel The Taste of Apple Seeds has been translated into 25 languages. It was also the base for a film in 2013. Hagena is currently working on her third novel.

The introduction of the author and the following discussion will be in English. A Q&A session in English and a reception will follow the reading.

The book will be available for purchase in several translations (Greek, Turkish, and original German). And you may also ask the author to sign your copy.

Literary Evening
An evening with German writer Katharina Hagena. November 19. Goethe-Institut, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Text will be read in German, Greek and Turkish and there will be Q&A in English. Tel: 22-674607

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