Radka Denemarková reads from her novel Hours of Lead
Moderation Ludger Hagedorn
Beijing is the place of longing for a group of Europeans who come to China to find each other and to steer their lives in new directions. But there are rigid limits to the possibilities for personal development in the communist country, and encounters with Chinese dissidents put their values to the test. A Czech writer who is fully committed to democratic values becomes a moral guiding star for a Chinese student. Reading philosophical texts together ultimately encourages the young woman to take on political resistance – with fatal consequences.