Here – in the glamourous city with its trade fairs and its university – there was a coming and going, people of very different colours, professions, and manners met, with their ideals, inclinations, and spiritual abysses. Attracted by the opportunities that Leipzig seemed to offer everyone at any time, they flocked in and searched for their place in the sun. But where there is a lot of light, there are also shadows …
And the present also proves that breaking a taboo and breaking the law are inherent in a society. Sometimes it’s called a scandal, often it’s a crime. Leipzig is also familiar with murder and theft, true bloody deeds and sacrilege, deception and beguilement, semi-worldly behavior, students’ josh, accidents, acts of violence and despair. All of this can be told excellently – which is the reason, why Leipzig has written world literature several times by violence and death out of love.
As a Germanist and city guide, Henner Kotte knows the abyss-stories of this city like no other. He knows of more or less famous people, or of those who occasionally even became famous for the crime committed by or against them – and who became part of literature.
Anyone who knows such facts will see the city differently on a tour – a crime-scene-tour of the Leipzig city centre and a criminal temptation to put together in nine chapters.
II. Hainstraße / Richard-Wagner-Platz / Fleischergassen / Barfußgässchen
III. Um die Thomaskirche
IV. Promenadenring (I)
VI. Promenadenring (II)
VIII. Katharinenstraße / Reichsstraße / Specks Hof
IX. Nikolaikirche / Nikolaistraße / Grimmaische Straße / Naschmarkt
2020, 256 pages, softcover, many b/w-illustrations, 12,5 x 17 cm