Book Launch: The Museum of the World by Christopher Kloeble/ May 18

Christopher Kloeble in conversation with Liska Jacobs


The Museum of the World Book coverBartholomew is an orphan from Bombay. He’s twelve years old and speaks almost as many languages. That is why, in the year 1854, he is hired as a translator by the brothers Schlagintweit from Germany who, with the support of Alexander von Humboldt and the East India Company, embark upon the greatest expedition of their time, which takes them across India and the Himalayas.

But Bartholomew is also pursuing his own agenda: he wants to establish the first museum of his remarkable, complex native land. And for this, he is willing to risk everything – even his life.

Based on the true story of a huge scientific undertaking by three Bavarian brothers, and brilliantly translated by Rekha Kamath Rajan, Christopher Kloeble’s The Museum of the World is a fantastic adventure that will change the way we see the history of colonialism.

On Thursday May 18th The Reader Berlin is thrilled to invite you to the Book launch of The Museum of the World. Christopher Kloeble  will be in conversation with author,  Liska Jacobs (Catalina, The Pink Hotel) about history, colonialism, and the adventure that it was to write The Museum of the World. The night will open with readings and conversation, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

Doors open at 19:00. Reading starts at 19:30.

Copies of the book will be available for sale, but they are limited so make sure you get there early to buy one.

Where: Lettretage (Veteranenstrasse 21)

Christopher Kloeble is a novelist and scriptwriter. His first novel, Amongst Loners, was the winner of the Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung prize for best debut. His third book, ‘Almost Everything Very Fast,’ which he is currently adapting as a feature film, was published in English with Graywolf Press (USA) and was nominated for the Dublin Literary Award and the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis. He is also the author of ‘The Immortal Salz Family’ and the memoir, ‘Home Made in India.’

Liska Jacobs is the author of the critically acclaimed novels “Catalina”, “The Worst Kind of Want” and most recently, “The Pink Hotel” which was a California Indie best-seller and listed as one of the best books of 2022 by Esquire. “The Worst Kind of Want” was long-listed for the Joyce Carol Oates award and optioned by Anonymous Content. “Catalina” was featured as a must read in Huffington Post, Elle, Entertainment Weekly, and Literary Hub. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Literary Hub, Alta, The Millions, and Zyzzyva, among other publications.
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