Book discussion and “magic show” Book Party #1: Mario and the Magician


Books are fun and so are parties. And a combination of both is simply double the fun!

On May 26, the Goethe-Institut Thailand is throwing its very first book party! Our partners in this event are the publishing house Sommadhi, the literature website The Paperless and the Democrazy Theatre Studio. Central to this event is a discussion based on the Thai translation of “Mario and the Magician” by Thomas Mann (1875-1955). This novella is one of the masterpieces of the German Nobel prize-winner.

As is fitting for the occasion, a “magician” will be there to greet you. Inspired by our selected book, Democrazy Theatre choreographer Thanapol Virulhakul and actors James Laver and Peerapol Kijreunpirumsuk have together created a magic show to open the event.

We have invited two guests to take part in the book discussion:

Our translator, Dr. Aratee Kaewsumrit, studied German literature, specializing in the work of Thomas Mann. She was awarded a PhD at the University of Siegen in 2007. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Asia and the Asian Motif in the work of Thomas Mann”. Her translation of “Mario and the Magician” was published by Sommadhi in 2009. Dr. Aratee teaches in the German department of Chulalongkorn University.

Our second guest, Dr. Panu Trivej, teaches natural sciences at Kasetsart University. He is passionate about literature, writing and history and is a well known translator and author. One of his most successful books was about the Weimar Republic.

The discussion will be in Thai and presented by actress and guest lecturer for dramatic art, Pattarasuda Anuman Rajadhon.

Event language: Thai

Programme rundown:

- Doors open: 18.00
- “Magic show” & book discussion: 18.30
- Post-discussion chat

For more information please, contact:

Tel.: +66(2) 108 8242

Patcharaporn Korbuakesorn
Head of Membership, Events & Communication

+66 (0) 2-055-0620