Reading series «Das andere Buch an der Uni»
- Christine Fischer & Matthias Peter read from their works
- Library of the University of St. Gallen, under the cupola
- Thursday, 26 May 2005, 7.30 pm
- Free entry. Reading in German
About Christine Fischer
Christine Fischer, born in 1952, lives in St.Gallen and works as a speech therapist in Abtwil. She writes novels and as the “Town writer” she can be seen in St.Gallen once a month for the “Saiten” culture magazine.
About her book
“Vögel, die mit Wolken reisen” is already their sixth book and tells the love story of three people who are not quite so young any longer. The perception of these three people, their thinking, behaviour, wishes and desires, their feel for life is confused and changed in completely different ways through the major process of ageing. We follow Alice through her normal, crazy, everyday life between women’s meeting place, nursing home and Italian birthday party, we learn something about the tension between commitment and freedom, as well as finding the lightness of being and happiness.
Alice is out and about with a bag full of books. She is no longer that young – or is she? Love has caught Alice in its grip. Love has made her come to the railway station, where she waits in vain for her lover Leo; love compels her to go to the nursing home where her husband Arthur who is suffering from dementia awaits her. Thoughts and feelings accumulate in Alice’s head. But the day ends completely differently to how it began.
About Matthias Peter
Matthias Peter,journalist, Director of the Kellerbühne Theatre in St.Gallen and culture journalist at the St.Gallen “Tagblatt”, compiled the book for the “Records of Switzerland from the 19th century” exhibition in the St.Gallen History Museum.
Matthias Peter is also co-compiler of the summer murder mystery trilogy “Spreng Sätze”, “Sechs Schüsse” and “Tötende Töne” which was serialised in the St.Gallen “Tagblatt” during the summer months of 2000 to 2002.
About his book
The book deals with the lives of farmer’s sons Jakob and Heinrich Senn. The two remarkable brothers from the Zurich highlands developed an unusual interest in the world of books. One of them even made a name for himself as an author. With his novel “Ein Kind des Volkes”, the artistically ambitious Jakob Senn created a piece of literature that still has its place today. His three-year younger brother Heinrich chronicled the times he lived through in a diary he kept meticulously for 35 years. The book is an interesting record of the mid 19th century that will definitely not fascinate just historians.