Leipzig. One Thousand Years of German History. Bach, Luther, Faust (Paperback)

The City of Books and Music

By Sebastian Ringel, Dorothee Dubrau (Preface by), Cindy Opitz (Translator)

Berlinica, 9781935902591, 230pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2015

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Leipzig is the city of books and music. Johann Sebastian Bach composed his cantatas in the St. Thomas Church; Martin Luther disputed the future of Christianity at Germany's second oldest university; and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Faust" got into a brawl at Auerbach's Keller, one of many historical trade-fair buildings. Leipzig, the site of one of the world's oldest and largest book fairs, is located at the meeting point of historic imperial roads between Paris and Moscow, and Rome and the Baltic Sea. It is the city where Richard Wagner was born, Clara met Franz Schumann, Edward Grieg learned to play the piano, Felix Mendelssohn rediscovered Bach, Erich Kstner visited the coffee house, and Kurt Masur directed the Gewandhaus. It is also the city whose rallies at the St. Nicholas Church led to the downfall of Communism in 1989. Since then, Leipzig has been splendidly rebuilt. In December 2015, the city will be one thousand years old. This book brings to life the stories of ordinary and famous Leipzigers.

Sebastian Ringel is a German author born in Grorhrsdorf in 1976. He was raised in Oberlausitz, where he completed his secondary education in 1995. He left university studies in history at the Dresden University of Technology to complete training in occupational therapy. His first novel, Von der Monotonie des yeah, yeah, yeah (The Monotony of Yeah, Yeah, Yeah), was published by Radebeuler NOTschriften-Verlag in 2002. Ringel moved to Leipzig, where he still lives today. He published a collection of stories and poems, Mein Hund der Fisch (My Dog the Fish), in 2004. Inspired by a year-long sojourn in Australia, Ringel published the novel 5,8 Menschen (5.8 People) in 2009. He also works as an independent tour guide in Leipzig. In 2015, his book "Leipzig One Thousand Years of German History," was released in German and English to commemorate the city's 1,000th anniversary.

About the Author

Sebastian Ringelis a Leipzig novelist who grew up in a small town in Saxony. He studied history in Dresden, where he also became an occupational therapist. His first novel, The Monotony of Yeah, Yeah, Yeah came out in 2002, followed by a collection of stories and poems, My Dog the Fish. His latest novel, 5.8 People was inspired by a year-long sojourn in Australia. In addition to writing, he works as a tour guide in Leipzig."