Bouvard und Pécuchet

Reading

by Gustave Flaubert
read by Samuel Finzi and Wolfram Koch

translated into German by Hans-Horst Henschen
arranged by Gerhard Ahrens

Generations of readers and listeners have thoroughly enjoyed this episodic novel about two Parisian clerks called Bouvard and Pécuchet who – after unexpectedly gaining a fortune – retire to the country in order to devote themselves to their thirst for discovery and knowledge without any distractions. The protagonists proceed to dabble in all of the modern sciences. In the end, they have tried their hand at everything: agriculture and distilling, chemistry and medicine (including Ayurveda), geology and history, archaeology and literature, political economics and physical exercise, esotericism and, unfortunately, even theology. All of their experiments and attempts to acquire knowledge fail spectacularly. However, because they really want to learn everything that can be learnt, they continue their search for knowledge after each disaster even more doggedly and amateurish.

The two actors Samuel Finzi and Wolfram Koch, both more than just talented comedians, will be reading from the French realist Gustave Flaubert’s enchanting picaresque novel. A parody of the optimism with regard to knowledge that ruled in the 19th century which now seems to mirror our times. Flaubert demolishes all romantic as well as bourgeois visions of the perfect life and clearly illustrates: our extremely focused knowledge forces us to become amateurs.

Bouvard und Pécuchet

Reading

  • Saturday, 19.10.2019
  • 17:00
  • Great Hall

Admission

€ 16 / concessions € 12

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