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Ghosts on the Shore: Book Launch and Film Screening

  • Magnet Bar 26 Veteranenstraße Berlin, 10119 Germany (map)

Join us at FC Magnet for the Berlin launch of 'Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along Germany's Baltic Coast' by Paul Scraton, published by Influx Press.

Paul will be joined by editor Gary Budden for a conversation about place, the stories of the Baltic and the themes raised in the book. There will be some readings, and Gary will host a Q & A. We will also be screening a short film by Eymelt Sehmer, inspired by the book.

About the Book:

Germany’s Baltic coast. A place of escape, of carefree summer holidays, of spa towns and health retreats. A place where some of the darkest stories of 20th Century German history played out.

Inspired by his wife’s collection of family photographs from the 1930s and her memories of growing up on the Baltic coast in the GDR, Paul Scraton set out to travel from Lübeck to the Polish border on the island of Usedom, an area central to the mythology of a nation and bearing the heavy legacy of trauma.

Exploring a world of socialist summer camps, Hanseatic trading towns long past their heyday and former fishing villages surrendered to tourism, Ghosts on the Shore unearths the stories, folklore and contradictions of the coast, where politics, history and personal memory merge to create a nuanced portrait of place.