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1983. Cursed heat

Literaturhaus Basel

It is 1983, and the cold war is approaching its final climax. Europe is arguing about the NATO Double-Track Decision, Nena’s “99 red balloons” is on endless repeat, and for the first-time summer temperatures reach 40 degrees. “1983. Cursed Heat” condenses three historical events – the scandal surrounding the Bernese Novosti-Agency, the spectacular case of a Basel spy in the service of the KGB and the murder of a clairvoyant – into a tragicomic tale of that overheated year. While Holliger puts documented quotes into the mouths of his historical figures, his team of investigators dazzle with their witty dialogues.

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