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20. Juli

The 20th of July

Play
Published by Diogenes as 20. Juli
Original Title: 20. Juli

Bernhard Schlink's first play is a disturbing mind game about the presence of the past and about the price of trade: being left with dirty hands. 

The last day of school falls on the 20th of July, the anniversary of an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. The previous day, the right-wing party ›Deutsche Aktion‹ with their charismatic young leader won 37 percent of the vote in the regional election. In history class, a heated discussion arises between the final year students and their teacher: shouldn't the assassination attempt have been carried out 13 years earlier, in 1931? What can be learned for the future? Is it better to keep one's hands clean, or to risk getting them dirty?

A lesson about morals, responsibility and making decisions.


General Fiction
96 pages
2021

978-3-257-07160-3

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»Bernhard Schlink’s contemporary play leaves (almost) all questions open – and stays in your mind.«

Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Essen

»A provocative depiction of a moment in time.«

Focus, Berlin

»He plays through the thought in an almost classical way, in five scenes, awakening associations with Rolf Hochhuth or Hans Magnus Enzensberger.«

Welf Grombacher / Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung, Potsdam

»Bernhard Schlink’s contemporary play leaves (almost) all questions open – and stays in your mind.«

Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Essen

»A provocative depiction of a moment in time.«

Focus, Berlin

»He plays through the thought in an almost classical way, in five scenes, awakening associations with Rolf Hochhuth or Hans Magnus Enzensberger.«

Welf Grombacher / Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung, Potsdam
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