Monday, 28 June 2010

John Le Carré on the Benefits of Learning German... in German

The arch-British writer John Le Carré has never made a secret of his enthusiasm for all things German, and recently held a speech on the subject for the London-based ThinkGerman project. Unfortunately, although I came across the speech online, it seems to be only available in German translation, in the FAZ. A classic case of preaching to the converted - but it's well worth reading anyway. My favourite part is when the young David Cornwell shakes Thomas Mann's hand at a reading in Bern in 1949.


David said...

What a wonderful speech!

The incident involving Thomas Mann in Bern is a good reminder that Mann was not universally admired just after the war.

Anonymous said...

You can read the original text in english here:é_thinks_German

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