Swiss author at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Lit Fest 2018

Thursday, 15.11.2018 – Wednesday, 21.11.2018

Literature; languages of Switzerland; multilingualism in Switzerland; Swiss German

Daniel Mezger in India
Daniel Mezger, an author, actor and musician from Zurich will perform a theatrical reading of his novel ‘Land spielen’ in India. © Daniel Mezger

In a continuous process of promoting Swiss literatures, languages and cultural diversity, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Mumbai has invited the Swiss German author Daniel Mezger to participate in the Tata Literature Festival from 15th to 18th November, Mumbai, followed by a reading and workshop tour to Nasik and Hyderabad.

Daniel Mezger, an author, actor and musician from Zurich will perform a theatrical reading of his novel ‘Land spielen’ followed by open interactions.

Nasik | Monday, 19 November 2018, 1.30 pm

Sandip University, Trambakeshwar Road, Nasik

Nasik | Monday, 19 November 2018, 5.30 pm

German Gurukul, Panchavati, Nasik


Hyderabad | Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 6.30 pm

Goethe Zentrum, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad


Readings in German and English will be followed by open interaction.

Entry and participation is open to all literature lovers!


About the author:

Daniel Mezger born 1978, grew up in the Swiss mountains. He studied acting at the Berne University of Music & Theatre and worked several years at the theatres in Germany. He also studied at the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel and is the singer of the band "A Bang and a Whimper". He was nominated by "Theater heute" as upcoming playwright of the year and won the prize of the Swiss Society of Authors. His first novel “Land spielen” published in 2012, was critically acclaimed and awarded with the ‘Werkjahr’ by the City of Zurich. He lives and works as a writer, actor and musician in Zurich.


About the novel:

LAND SPIELEN (Playing Countryside)

A young family – two adults, three children - moves to the countryside. Exhausted by the intense city life, the adults hope for a new beginning – for the family as well as for their relationship. They prepare their modest house and all five try to make contact in the small village. But they cannot flee, not from themselves, not from the fact that they are strangers here. Real social contact only develops with the other two immigrants, the village teacher and his mentally unstable wife. The father and she seem to like each other particularly well. Triggered by this tension and by the growing friendship of the eldest son with the son of the forester, old and new, inner and outer conflicts break out. The novelist and playwright Daniel Mezger ("Balkanmusik", "Findlinge") presents with "Land spielen" a virtuoso debut novel and succeeds in telling this story of the search for happiness, of inner and outer foreignness and migration linguistically and formally grandiose with "Land spielen” (Playing Countryside).

Location: Mumbai, Nasik, Hyderabad