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Reinhard Kleist Launches The Boxer at Goethe Institut London, Thursday March 6th!

Posted: February 19, 2014

The award-winning German graphic novelist Reinhard Kleist (above), acclaimed for his graphic biographies of Johnny Cash and Fidel Castro, returns with the riveting life-story of the Holocaust survivor and champion prizefighter Harry Haft in The Boxer (German cover below).

Kleist explains on his website: “The story of Hertzko Haft is a drawn biography of the life of Hertzko “Harry” Haft. In the year 1940 he was deported by the Nazis from his hometown in Poland and survived four and a half years in concentration camps like Auschwitz and Flossenbürg. In the camps, he was used as a smuggler and boxer, where he had to fight against other prisoners. After the war he went to America and started a career as a professional boxer. Partly because he didn’t learn anything else, but mainly because he wanted to become as popular as possible so that his girlfriend from Poland, that he was supposed to marry, would find him. Hertzko Haft’s prose biography was first published in the States by Syracuse Press. It was told by his son Alan Scott Haft from interviews that he did in the year 2002.”

In association with his publishers SelfMadeHero, Comica Festival is privileged to present Kleist’s exclusive London speaking engagemernt at the Goethe Institut in South Kensington, presenting his latest masterwork and in conversation with Comica co-director Paul Gravett on Thursday March 6th from 7pm. Admission is free and refreshments are provided, but please RSVP on info[at]london.goethe.org or phone 020 7596 4000.


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