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Juli Zeh

Juli Zeh - foto David Finck
Juli Zeh - foto David Finck

(Bonn, 1974), according to a Dutch newspaper she is 'the most exciting German writer around, and an expert in international law, in addition to being a writer, which appears from the topics of her books but also from the detailed description of the criminal investigation in her latest novel Schilf (2007), a philosophical whodunit about two friends, rival phycisists, faced with a kidnapping and a murder. In her second novel Spieltrieb (2004), in which two grammar school pupils torment a teacher to extremes, moral responsibility plays an important part. When their game gets out of hand, the judge has to decide. Zeh also writes nonfiction, essays and plays. Her most recent work, Das land der Menschen (Land of the People, 2008), is a children's book, in which she playfully deals with themes like prosecution and tolerance. Her novels have been published in more than twenty-five countries.

(WIN 2009)

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  • Winternachten 2009 – Winternachten zaterdagavond

    The Real Thing 1: Morality

    Ethicists, writers and artists talked to each other about their quest for truth and genuineness. A pure tone, a clear line, the rules of the game: What do these concepts mean to them? The Real Thing was a full evening's, three-part programme hosted by Michaël Zeeman.

    Part 1: morality. If people lose their moral bearings, can the law keep them on the straight and narrow path? But what if the law itself is bad? Writer and ethicist Marjolijn Februari read a column specially written fot this programme: 'Who keeps guard over morality?' Then the German writer Juli Zeh, the South African writer and criminal lawyer Chris Marnewick and Marjolijn Februari talked about morality and the profession of letters.