Book Presentation: “Die Söhne der Großen Bärin”

Book Presentation: “Die Söhne der Großen Bärin”

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Sun 19 May 2019, 10.30 am
Goethe Institut
56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

From Goethe Institut:

You are invited to book presentation “Die Söhne der Großen Bärin”.

– Author: Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich
– Publishing house in Vietnam: NXB Nhã Nam
– Presenter: Translator Lê Quang

The most successful book series for youth of the GDR, it tells a story about the American-Indian boy Harka and how he becomes the chief of his tribe.

With “Die Söhne der Großen Bärin”, Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich created a large multi-volume American-Indian series, which is considered to be so far unmatched with its authentic representation of the Dakota tribe in the 19th century. In the GDR and the socialist brother countries, the books enjoyed great popularity. Hero is the Lakota boy Harka, whose father Mattotaupa is the chief of the tribe. The books accompany the boy Harka on his journey as he grows into chief Tokei-ihto.

A film was produced under the same title by director Josef Mach in 1966. It was one of the most successful DEFA productions of the GDR with Gojko Mitić in the lead role, for which Welskopf-Hernrich wrote the screenplay. The huge popularity of the film set the starting shot for the production of the DEFA native-American films.

Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich (1901-1979) was a writer and ancient historian. Professionally, she dealt with ancient Greece and in her private life, she devoted herself to the history of the American-Indians. Her novels are classics of the GDR literature.

With “Die Söhne der Großen Bärin” she received the First Prize for juvenile literature of the GDR in 1951 and in 1968 the Friedrich Gerstäcker Prize. The series has been translated into 18 languages.

Language: German, Vietnamese

Free entry

Goethe-Institut Hanoi
56-58 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Tel.: +84 24 3734 2251
Fax: +84 24 3734 2254
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