On the loneliness of the long distance runner — that is
the motto of two readings on running which will take place as part of this
year’s 31st real,- BERLIN MARATHON, which for the first time will take
place in cooperation with the 4th international literature festival
The slogan is at the same time a reference to Alan Sillitoe
(London), who became famous around the world with his short story
“The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner“,
published in 1959. Since then the (supposed) loneliness of the long distance
runner has become a common phrase.
Sillitoe, who is now 76, will for the first time speak to an international
marathon audience. This top-notch cast includes Günter
Herburger (Munich), who has captured his long-time extreme passion for
running in the monographs „Lauf und Wahn“ (Running and
Madness) (1988) and „Traum und Bahn“ (A Dream and
the Track) (1994) and who will be reading from his third volume,
„Schlaf und Strecke“ (Sleep and the Course) which
was published this year.
Others participating will be: The author Tom Ockers from
Hamburg, who reported on the cold and calamities of the Siberian Marathon in
his breathtaking work, „Eis-Lauf“ (Ice-Race)
(2002) and the Olympic champion in the 5000m, Dieter Baumann
from Tübingen, who worked through his ban from competition due to doping
in a literary manner in his book „Lebenslauf“
(Résumé, or ‘Run of Life’) (2002).
These two readings will be part of the continuation of the so-called
literary marathon, which now has been part of the supporting
cultural programme of BERLIN MARATHON for 15 years.
“Through the new cooperation with the literature festival, our literature
marathon is experiencing an enormous and welcome enhancement. Now we are at the
forefront here as well,” announced Mark Milde, the Race Director of the
31st real,- BERLIN MARATHON.
Both readings will take place on Friday, September 24, 2004 in the theatre
“Hebbel am Ufer” (HAU 3), located at Hallesche
Ufer 31 in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
Dieter Baumann und Tom Ockers will share the first part
starting at 5 p.m.,
followed by Günter Herburger and Alan Sillitoe starting
at 7 p.m.
The ilb, which will be taking place at various venues in Berlin from
September 21 to October 2, 2004 , is one of the largest in the world
with over 35,000 visitors and well more than 100 authors from around the
The event is put on by the Peter Weiss Foundation for Art and
Politic and the Berliner Festspiele, under the
patronage of the German UNESCO commission.
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