Press releases | Culture 30.08.2010

Siemens Stiftung starts “Luftpost” international Series of Readings – the first two Readings center on the Country of Argentina

The “Luftpost” (Airmail) literary series organized by the Siemens Stiftung extends an invitation to writers who shed literary light on the social, cultural and political situation in their countries in their novels and stories. They present new and unusual perspectives of a world that is growing together and allow the seismographic qualities of art to take effect. “The Siemens Stiftung wishes to also convey at foundation headquarters themes and debates from countries in which it is active thereby enthusing a wider audience about the culture of these countries”, stresses Mrs. Ulrike Wahl, board member at the Siemens Stiftung, the aim of the literary series that has been planned for a long run.

Reflecting this year’s focus at the Frankfurt Book Fair the first two readings of “Luftpost” center on the country of Argentina. The Argentinean literary scene is currently seen as the liveliest in Latin America. At the focus of the kick-off to the series in September are two new book releases which each in their own way take a look at Argentinean reality.

On September 9 the two editors Timo Berger and Rike Bolte will be presenting their anthology Asado verbal – Junge argentinische Literatur (published by Verlag Klaus Wagenbach) in the auditorium of the SiemensForum in Munich. The anthology is a collection of stories about a society overcoming its own economic crisis long before we did. Born respectively in Stuttgart in 1974 and in Kassel in 1971 Timo Berger and Rike Bolte have co-organized the mobile poetry festival “latinale” in Germany since 2006. Both editors teach Latin American literature at the Free University of Berlin. The book presentation will be hosted by Knut Cordsen from the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation.

This is followed on September 29 by Samanta Schweblin’s Die Wahrheit ueber die Zukunft (published in Germany by Suhrkamp Verlag, original title: Pájaros en la boca), a reading by an author celebrated by Argentinean literary critics as the best storyteller of her generation and one who has been compared to Julio Cortázar and Adolfo Bioy Casares. In her wonderful narrative cosmos the borders between the real and the fantastic blur and the reader immerses into a ludicrous world that reflects ours with dream-like poignance. German critics are also enthusiastic: “The slim volume is light in the hand while its literary weight is considerable,” (Eberhard Falcke, Die Zeit). Born in Buenos Aires in 1978 Samanta Schweblin studied film and was the owner of an agency for web design before devoting herself to writing. Her reading is hosted by Volker Isfort from the Munich evening newspaper Muenchner Abendzeitung. Presentation of the German translation: Hans Juergen Stockerl.

Each reading will be held at 7.00 pm in the auditorium of the SiemensForum in Munich (Oskar-von-Miller-Ring 20). Admission is free.


The Siemens Stiftung was founded in September 2008 as a charitable foundation constituted under civil law, headquartered in Munich and endowed by Siemens AG with foundation capital of Euro 390m. The Foundation thereby continues the company’s over 160-year tradition of social commitment. The task of the Siemens Stiftung is to find answers to global social challenges, highlight opportunities and provide aid for self-help in emergencies. In line with the Foundation’s mission the focus of its activities are social commitment, education, technology as well as arts and culture. The Siemens Stiftung’s work is largely operational, i.e. it mainly initiates its own projects and implements these.