Marie-Luise Scherer © Wilfried Beege
Der Literarische Salon mit Marie-Luise Scherer
Moderation: Guy Helminger und Navid Kermani
Since 2005, Guy Helminger and Navid Kermani have been inviting writers they are enthusiastic about to their Literary Salon in Cologne's Stadtgarten. The guest reads from his own books, but also brings texts that are particularly important to him. After the break he presents what else moves him: records, pictures, videos or what other writers negotiate when readings are actually over.
"The charm of this series of events lies in its openness. Unlike a conventional reading, there is a relaxed conviviality in which truths are quickly revealed." (Cologne Review)
This time with me: Marie-Luise Scherer
If reporters are to be furious, Marie-Luise Scherer is the opposite: she costs forty cigarettes a sentence, she once reported, and so one understands that she already thinks two good sentences a day are lucky. But if you then read one of her reports, fifty or one hundred and thirty pages long, you won't find a word that is superfluous. Marie-Luise Scherer is the legend among German reporters, and when she once again receives a prize (Börne, Heinrich Mann, Italo Svevo et cetera), the most famous fellow writers hurry to sing their praises, from Hans-Magnus Enzensberger to Brigitte Kronauer to Martin Mosebach. Most recently, Christian Kracht mentioned her as an influence in his Frankfurt Poetics Lectures. In the course of four decades, hardly more than a handful of master narratives have been written that are nothing but reality. Fortunately they are published in book form again and again, so this year again "Die Hundejahre" at Matthes & Seitz. Marie-Luise Scherer is now over eighty and lives in a Wendish village on the Elbe, not far from the former border with the GDR. After the scandal surrounding the counterfeiter Claas-Hendrik Relotius, who is actually the scandal of a system that expects, produces and awards prizes to Schund, we are all the more delighted that Germany's most important reporter has visited us.