Event Start Date: 23 November 2021

We are delighted to welcome Alexander Starritt (History and Mod. Lang, 2004) to talk in conversation with Sarah Wyles (née Ryle, Modern History, 1987) about his new book, We Germans; Alex will also read a passage from his book and will answer questions. Register for this event, here.

Alex is a novelist, journalist and entrepreneur. His first novel, The Beast, a loving satire of Britain’s tabloid newspapers, was published in 2017. The Spectator named it as a book of the year, calling it “irresistible”, while The Sunday Times said: “He proves that he is not only a very funny writer, but possesses the ruthless unsentimentality of the finest satirists.” 

His second novel, We Germans, was published in 2020 to great critical acclaim, Kirkus Reviews remarking it ‘a small masterpiece’. The novel is an intense exploration of the complexities of evil while fighting for the Germans on the Eastern Front – on the wrong side of history. Amongst that acclaim, the novel has won a prestigious literary prize, which can be seen here

“Starritt’s daring work challenges us to lay bare our histories, to seek answers from the past and to be open to perspectives starkly different from our own,”

The NEw york times

Alex has also translated works by Franz Kafka, Stefan Weig, Arthur Schnitzler and others into English. In particular, he has made a selection and translation of Kafka’s best short stories, The Unhappiness of Being a Single Man. 

He was born in the North-East of Scotland. He has lived in Italy, where he worked for the Santa Maddalena literary foundation, and in Germany. He now lives in London with his family. 

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