Ein Winter in Istanbul [A Winter in Istanbul] takes place in contemporary Istanbul and opens a window onto fifteenth century Constantinople. In the story, Cla, a teacher of religious education from the Engadine, meets Baran, a Turkish-Greek bon vivant and the son of German migrant workers. The two men become friends. Baran shows Cla his Istanbul; Cla tells Baran stories about Cusanus, who in the winter of 1437/38 – at the behest of the pope ¬– accompanied the Byzantine emperor and the patriarch of the Orthodox Church to Venice by ship. In the exchange, the religious and philosophical reflections of the scholar encounter the social and religious phenomena of contemporary Istanbul.
Angelika Overath studied German Literature, History, and Italian Studies at the University of Tübingen, earning her PhD in 1986. She works as a reporter, literary critic, essayist, and novelist, and as a lecturer on Creative Writing at the Swiss School of Journalism MAZ and other venues. Overath has published a number of books of journalism and essays, as well as novels. For these works she has received various grants and prizes, among others the Egon-Erwin Kisch-Preis for literary journalism and the Ernst-Willner-Preis. In 2008 she won for Fliessendes Land the first prize for independent journalism in the category "Unpublished work and new journalistic forms", and the novel Flughafenfische was nominated for the Schweizer Buchpreis in 2009.
The Foundation Board supports Angelika Overath's work on the novel with a promotion grant of CHF 10,000.