Reading Jens Steiner The next event of our reading series «Das andere Buch an der Uni», will see Jens Steiner reading from «Junger Mann mit unauffälliger Vergangenheit» on Thursday, 19 March 2015. The reading will be in German. Reading series «Das andere Buch an der Uni» Jens Steiner liest aus «Junger Mann mit unauffälliger Vergangenheit» Thursday, 19 March 2015, 7:30 pm Library of the University of St. Gallen, under the cuppola Free entry. Reading in German. About the book: It all begins with a harmless boyish prank; Paul and Magnus, two students, plan an assault on the media baron Kudelka during his appearance at the university. Surprised how well it falls into place they are at the same time disappointed about the lack of consequences. Then the unexpected happens: a museum full of talking objects, a teaspoon of salt and a pizza make Paul’s life fall completely to pieces. He finds himself a captive in someone else’s flat. He finds out that Kudelka has been kidnapped and that he is wanted as the prime suspect. An intricate and fascinating chase to Southern France unfolds and culminates in an unexpected ending. Jens Steiner convincingly tells a story written in a light-hearted tone, which in passing deals with questions of family ties, freedom of action, autonomy and heteronomy. About the author Jens Steiner was born in 1975, studied German philology, philosophy and comparative literature in Zürich and Geneva. His first novel ‘Hasenleben’ (2011) was on the longlist of the German book-price 2011 and received the advancement award of the Swiss Schiller foundation. In 2012 Jens Steiner was awarded the ‘Second book’ of the Marianne and Curt Dienemann-foundation. 2013 he won the Swiss book-price with ‘Carambole’ and was again put on the longlist for the German bookprice. Simultaneously to ‘Junger Mann mit unauffälliger Vergangenheit’ the Christoph Merian-Verlag is publishing Steiner’s new audio book ‘Supermänner’.