LitBirthdays September 15, 2010

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September 15

Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich (Elizabeth Charlotte Welskopf) (born September 15, 1901) – German novelist, history professor, philosopher – Das helle Gesicht (The Pale Face) Liselotte Henrich

Read about Mrs. Welskopf here and here and here

“As a child she first read books by James Fenimore Cooper (of which there already existed German translations) and then those by Karl May. When she was 14 she decided to become a writer and professor in History and that she would write novels about Native Americans.

…  Das helle Gesicht is a novel about the situation on the Pine Ridge reservation in the 1970’s. This situation would later be dealt with in books like In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen and Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog (an acquaintance of Liselotte) and Richard Erdoes and, of course, the movie Thunderheart. The leading characters are leaders of the American Indian Movement, where sometimes two persons are moulded into one.”

(from “Liselotte Welskopf-Henrich and the Indians” by Julio Punch)

Her relationship with the North American Indians was characterised by lifelong passion and scientific interest. This reflected in her books in which she tried to give a cultural-historically correct and fair description of the Indians, based upon profound research. Furthermore, she actively supported the American Indian Movement what led to some problems with the FBI. Due to her unequalled commitment representatives of the Lakota tribe gave her the name of honour Lakota Tashina (“protective cloak of the Lakota”).”

(from publisher Palisander-Verlag website)

Dan Lungu Dan Lungu (born Septembe 15, 1969) – Romanian novelist, short story writer, sociologist, essayist – Chicken Paradise (aka Hen’s Heaven) (2006)

Read about Dan Lungu here and here

Synopsis of Lungu’s novel Chicken Paradise

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