Dubrovnik Shakespeare Festival
"Among the great American writers." – Die Welt
Michael has just finished writing a new novel, DON QUIXOTE SAVING AMERICA. He discusses the new book, his other books and his life in this October 2014 interview with Deutsche Welle television:
Describing the book to Deutsche Welle, Lederer said "It is the story of an insanely optimistic older man, Don Hotey, who picks up a 20-year old hitchhiker he insists on calling Sancho and together they set out in an old car to get America back to the sweet place Don believes it was in the fifties. Mixed success."
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Michael's last novel CADAQUES was published (Berlin: PalmArtPress) in February 2014. English edition (ISBN 978-3-941524-40-8) / German edition (ISBN 978-3-941524-34-7) translated by Esther Kriegel
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Cadaqués is the story of a group of hard-drinking writers and artists in a little fishing village near the Spanish / French border. Cal is an American writer who drinks more than he writes. Layla is a beautiful young English woman interested in literature. One can be too careful in life, or one can be too wild. Where is the line? Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Picasso and other greats once lived in the village. Some still seek to follow in those decadent footsteps. As one character puts it, "No Lost Generation here, darling. This is Cadaqués. We are finding ourselves!"
Cadaqués was presented as part of the U.S. Embassy American Literature Series 2014. Embassy-sponsored readings took place in Leipzig, Hamburg, Kiel, Berlin, Freiburg, Heidelberg.
Hear the 9 January radio interview with Michael about the book on the British program Chat and Spin here: chatandspinradio.com
"With literary ferocity, Michael Lederer tells the story of a summer that begins in exceedingly good spirits, but ends with a long fall....Cadaqués is a wonderful novel that masterfully upholds a balance between melancholy and joy. With deep empathy for the artistic endeavors or individual failures of its characters, the novel describes a summer that, as its participants must know, is to be the last of its kind." - InKultura magazine
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