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Kim de l'Horizon read at the sold-out House of Literature in Munich.
Kim de l’Horizon read at the sold-out House of Literature in Munich. © Sebastian Christoph Gollnow/dpa

Kim de l’Horizon, winner of the German Book Prize, was a guest at the Munich House of Literature. Review of a special reading: entertaining, funny, witty and creative.

As Literaturhaus Munich nearly ends on Monday, Deutschlandfunk moderator Miriam Zeh tells Kim de l’Horizon: “We didn’t completely insult the audience.” Rather, there’s a lot of flirtatiousness in this sentence, and Zeh knows it, because these 90 minutes were entertaining, funny, clever, creative, and after all, that’s a lot for one read.

In the middle of the night on Salvatorplatz is the novel “Blood Book” (published by DuMont Verlag). For the work, de l’Horizon received the German Book Prizeas the first non-binary person in the history of this major literary award.

Kim de l’Horizon’s “Blood Book” is a dazzling life story

This was followed by the Swiss Book Prize and a few more: “Blutbuch”, an intense, language-loving and autobiographically stunning life story, is therefore one of the most discussed books of the season. Interest in this event is correspondingly high the Munich House of Literature together with the NS-Document Center: The great room has been sold for weeks; More people have booked the live stream than ever before, says Tanja Graf, director of the Literaturhaus. Kim de l’Horizon is also happy about the huge interest, but there is also a feeling of exhaustion: traveling is exhausting.

However (or precisely because of that?) de l’Horizon initiated a remarkable ritual: “Wherever I travel, I deal with the persecution of witches and dedicate a poem to the victims.” the Hackerbrücke, where the ZOB is located today. “Thank you for your storm” ends the lines that de l’Horizon recites after a bundle of smoking herbs has been passed through the audience.

Kim de l’Horizon worked on Blood Book for ten years

After this moving start, the onstage duo draw a highly empathetic, entertaining and informative line on issues of literature, life, writing, togetherness and dialect – topics that are also covered in the “Book of Blood”. Kim de l’Horizon worked on it for ten years. “The novel has stayed with me for a long time. And that’s why I’m happy when there’s time for something new. But I don’t know when it will be.” Soon, hopefully.

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