Kehlmann’s new play about the life of Gödel
by Yang Liu
GOETHE-INSTITUT NEW YORK
English reading of Daniel Kehlmann’s new play
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 6:00pm
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St. New York, NY 10011
The Leo Baeck Institute and the Goethe-Institut New York are proud to present a special reading of Ghosts in Princeton, the first play by Daniel Kehlmann, in an English translation by Carol Brown Janeway. A montage of facts, fiction, and philosophy, the play follows stages in the life of the brilliant Viennese logician Kurt Gödel (1906-1978), who, by the age of only 24, had revolutionized the logic of mathematics. A deeply complex person, Gödel did not believe in the existence of time and, with age, suffered from delusions of persecution and paranoia. After being both falsely identified as a Jew in post-Anschluss Austria and at the same time declared fit for active service, Gödel, together with his wife Adele, set out on an arduous journey to Princeton to join their friend Albert Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Daniel Kehlmann is one of Germany’s most critically acclaimed young authors. His 2006 international best-seller Measuring the World (Die Vermessung der Welt) has been translated from the original German into more than 20 languages and awarded some of the most prestigious prizes in literature.
The author himself will introduce the reading, which will be followed by a brief Q&A and refreshments. The event is free of charge, but reservations are strongly encouraged as seating is limited. To reserve a seat, please call +1 (212) 744-6400 or send an email to Maryann Legaspi at email@example.com.
Leo Baeck Institute and Goethe-Institut New York are extremely grateful to Deutsche Telekom for its support of this program. Special thanks also to H.E. Mr. Peter Wittig and Mrs. Huberta von Voss-Wittig.
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