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THE GRAND LITERATOUR

Klaus and Erika Mann, son and daughter of German novelist and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann, c. 1930's. THE GREAT LITERATOUR WEB 04_Ford 1930er
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Heinrich Böll’s Ireland, Hans Christian Andersen’s Orient, Erika and Klaus Mann’s French Riviera and Uwe Johnson’s New York – great authors on tour! We revisit the countries they wrote about.
We go time-travelling with four of the most fascinating authors in literary history. The tour revisits the countries they wrote about and re-experiences these journeys through their writing. We embark on unique voyages intertwining both past and present. Heinrich Böll’s Ireland, Hans Christian Andersen’s Orient, Erika and Klaus Mann’s French Riviera and Uwe Johnson’s New York – great authors, grand literary tours. Travel literature is today one of the most popular forms of literature. It is intended for readers who are interested not only in visiting countries but also experiencing the people, culture and mentality of the places. We rediscover the travel journals of famous authors and the countries they visited. The series reveals how these countries have changed, asks whether the travel writers‘ observations still hold true, and shows how the places have grown and evolved over time – all perceived through the eyes of these literary figures. Their travel journals have become great literature in their own right and are well-observed, insightful masterpieces that still reflect the wonder and admiration of the beholder. These literary portraits of countries and people have unintentionally become adventure novels.

Episodes
Hans Christian Andersen’s Orient
The French Riviera with Erika and Klaus Mann
Heinrich Böll’s Ireland
Uwe Johnson’s New York

Culture / Travel
Length 4 x 52’ HD
Films by André Schäfer, Viktor Apfelbacher, Markus Augé, Rieke Brendel, Andrew Davies, Jonas Niewianda
Co-Production Florianfilm Produktion with WDR, RBB, MDR, RB, SWR and ARTE,
2016
Original title Die große Literatour / Le grand tour des littératures