An Evening with Philip Oltermann
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Philip Oltermann is the Guardian’s Berlin bureau chief and his new book tells the fascinating and bizarre story of how in 1982 The Ministry for State Security in Berlin decided to fight capitalism and defeat the class enemy by setting up a poetry writing group. However, as the motley group of spies, soldiers and border guards met week after week to be steeped in poetry and scribble their own, the aim that State ideology would be entrenched through verse was radically reversed and the GDR’s secret culture weapon dramatically backfired.
‘A magnificent book . . . at once touching, exquisite, devastating and extraordinary.’
Philip will be at Daunts Marylebone chatting to author, broadcaster and foreign affairs commentator, John Kampfner, whose best-selling book Why the Germans Do it Better was published in paperback last year.
Photo by Sarah Bohn