The origin story of Philipp Oehmke’s powerful family saga could have come from a script for “White Lotus” or “Succession”: A group of well-off Germans in their mid-20s to mid-70s, standing on the banks of the Hudson River near New York in Robert Irwin’s architectural museum garden – yelling at each other in German, some of them are crying. It was the perfect prompt to undertake an in-depth examination of families and their structures. The result is the novel Schönwald, a story of two generations who never learned to speak to each other – and who are connected by a major secret. While Ruth Schönwald struggles with the fact she gave up a career to focus on her family, her three children are dealing with their own problems and dynamics that have multi-generational ripple effects. Campino will talk to the author about his book as well as the hopes, disappointments and cover-ups that can be found in almost every family story.


Event data

  • Date:

    20. October 2023

  • Pre Pre sale price (fees excluded) 26 € | 22 € erm.

    Eve Evening fund price 32 € | 28 € erm.

  • Halle 12
    UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein

    Gelsenkirchener Straße 181
    Parkplatz A1 und A2, Essen

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  • Accessibility

    • Sign language Available
    • Wheelchair friendly + WC Available
    • Assistance dogs welcome Available
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