‘An endless curiosity’: American writer Eliot Weinberger returns to Berlin for 18th International Literature Festival

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Although it’s a mystery to American essayist, editor and translator Eliot Weinberger as to why Germans can’t get enough of his one essay, “Naked Mole-Rats,” it’s no secret that Weinberger is popular here in Germany. Described by German Public Radio as a Zen-Master of essay writing, Weinberger is a regular at the International Literature Festival and has been invited since 2001.

This year, he contributed to the Festival’s “nature” theme, reading from his 2016 collection of essays, “The Ghost of Birds,” as well as presenting his new essay, “Wind & Mountains.” The 69-year-old’s long career has covered a number of topics, so much so that it is difficult to place him into one category. As he says: “It’s kind of an endless curiosity.”

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