Joachim Kirchhoff

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When Arend falls ill with multiple sclerosis, he wants to write down his memories. He dictates his life to writers by the hour, as the creeping disease increasingly prevents him from actively shaping his life. His presence in public cultural life is also visibly dwindling. Thus a collection of letters is created, addressed to a distant friend with whom he had an unfulfilling relationship years ago. While he thinks he is following a trail into the past, he ends up back in the present in a roundabout way. For Arend does not send the letters, and by keeping them with him, it is revealed to whom his words are actually addressed.

Joachim Kirchhoff, born in 1952, worked at Italian universities after studying philosophy, German and Protestant theology. From 1992 he was a teacher at the St. Raphael Gymnasium in Heidelberg. Since 2000 he has been living with a wheelchair as a late consequence of an MS disease; he has been working on Nachgehen since 2005.

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