German Book, German Tour (And Austria)

[Edit (3/4/15): There’s updated info for these events in this blog so be sure to check it out…]

So today (Feb 21st) The Slow Regard of Silent Things hits the shelves in Germany.

Rothfuss_Musik_Stille_3d_4c(Woo! New cover!)

As usual, this book is significantly larger than its English counterpart. I haven’t gotten to see one in person yet, but in this photo mock-up they seem to be able to fit my name and the title horizontally on the spine. So that indicates that the book has undergone its typical 40% growth from being translated into German. (A phenomenon I mentioned in a blog a couple years back.)

Despite the fact that the post office is slow delivering my copy, I’ll be getting to see a copy of this book in person soon. In fact, I hope to be seeing a lot of them, as I’m going to be making a trip to Germany and Austria next month.

Here’s the schedule:

March 13-14  – Leipzig Book Fair

March 14 – Leipzig

March 16 – Berlin

March 17 – Cologne (Koln)

March 18 – Reutlingen 

March 20 – Vienna, Austria

As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities to catch me on this trip and witness my catastrophically inept attempts to speak German.

  • Details about the Events:

Though we’re calling most of these events “Readings” most of them are actually going to be readings combined with Question and Answer periods, followed by signings.

That said, each event is different, and I highly recommend you take a close look at the details of the event you’re thinking of attending to make sure you understand what’s really happening there.

Will you need a ticket? Will you need to reserve a place at the signing?

Honestly? I don’t know. It’s just my job to show up at these things and look pretty….

  • Concerning where I’m going and/or not going:

Do I wish I could do more events? Yes. But there’s only so much time in the world. I can’t hit major city in the country. Not even a quarter of them.

So before y’all start screeling things like “Why don’t you come to Frankfurt!!!1!” Please keep in mind that I’m already traveling more than 6,500 kilometers to get into your neighborhood. Globally speaking, I’m going to be right next door. If you’d really like to see me, why don’t you and your friends have a road trip and come the last 150 kilometers on your own?

C’mon. You know you want to have a road trip….

  • A Warning:

I don’t know when I’ll be back in Germany. But it probably won’t be for at least a couple years. This is fair warning. If you’d really like to hear me speak and get your book signed, this is the time to do it.

  • An Apology:

Originally, I had one more event in Heidelberg, and I know a few people got tickets and made plans before it was cancelled.

I’m incredibly sorry about that.

Some personal matters came up, and I had to change plans. I feel really bad about it.

In an attempt to make things right, everyone who was signed up for Heidelberg was offered tickets to the event in Reutlingen. What’s more, that event will also be live streamed, so you can see me, even if you can’t be there in person. (I’ll be posting the link to the livestream here, on twitter, and on facebook when we have it.)

{Fancy placeholder for eventual livestream link}

  • A Request:

As you can see, I’m announcing these events about 3 weeks ahead of time. What’s more, I’m painfully aware that a *lot* of the people who might be interested in attending don’t read my blog, or don’t speak English.

So if you know anyone who’d like to attend but might not know about it, I’d deeply appreciate it if you’d clue them in.

Thanks everybody,


P.S. For those of you who are here in the US, and feeling all ensaddened because none of these events are for you.

Here’s two shows I have coming up with Paul & Storm and Joel Hodgson that I have coming up. (And yes, I just got a bit of a tingle when I typed that last bit.)

3/26 Portland 

3/27 Seattle

I’ll be making a more elaborate posting about this later, but I thought I might want to throw this up sooner rather than later for those of you who like to plan your lives in advance a bit.

We’re going to be bringing in other guests, too, so you might want to grab your tickets sooner rather than later….

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  1. Posted February 21, 2015 at 2:28 AM | Permalink

    First a “Yippie” for coming to Germany and Thank You. I will try to make it to the Berlin event. That is just a 3 hours drive…

    • Posted February 21, 2015 at 3:07 AM | Permalink

      Look forward to seeing you there….

      • Posted February 21, 2015 at 3:16 AM | Permalink

        Mutual ;-) If you want a Dinner in Leipzig or Berlin, let me know ;-)

        • ManiacWoodpecker
          Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:25 AM | Permalink

          Hey, that was my Idea :-P, although your german publisher might take you out for dinner i think. and i fear, you have to catch a plain or train to get to cologne the next day right?

      • Phoenix
        Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:22 AM | Permalink

        I just noticed that the Dussmann event page says 7 pm, not 8 pm. Maybe they just want us to be there extra early ;)

    • Posted February 21, 2015 at 3:16 AM | Permalink

      Just started to panic. My wife told me Dussmann has only 200 seats. Booked a trip to Leipzig as well.

      • firebird
        Posted February 21, 2015 at 6:49 AM | Permalink

        Yeah man I drove about two hours into New York to see him. Trust me it’s worth it. It’s going to be great.

      • ManiacWoodpecker
        Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

        Actually i have been to a couple of readings at Dussmann and called them yesterday. They are planning with 120 seats, 200 at the most. You should give them a call Pat, or maybe call your german publisher, so they can set up a bigger location. I expect at least 400-500 hundred people. You have a HUGE fanbase over here. And Poland is just one hour away from Berlin by car. They should probably rent a bigger room, else you might have an angry mob at hand.

        Looking forward to seeing you in Berlin.
        I am probably going to sleep in front of the bookstore. there is just no way that i am going to miss this!

        Fondly yours

        • Amaroid
          Posted February 21, 2015 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

          Well, this makes me glad they sell tickets for Cologne. I don’t think I would go there if I had to try to arrive as early as possible, with a chance that there’ll be hundreds of people already waiting in line anyway…

          Still, I wish you the best of luck for attending the Berlin event!

        • AR NO
          Posted February 22, 2015 at 7:22 AM | Permalink

          Having been to the Dussmann location in Berlin before, (and knowing you DO have quite some fans around here) I strongly support ManiacWoodpeckers recommendation of calling your german publisher for a bigger location in Berlin.

          If you give aspiring musicians a big 3-level bar to play, you should have something equally matching for a great storyteller such as yourself.

          Anyway, looking forward to seeing you the 16th!

  2. Holmelund
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 3:10 AM | Permalink

    Will you be reading from the German version or the English?
    Reason I ask is that I do not understand more than about 15 words of german and 2 of them is beer and mead.
    Would hate to fly the 350 km to listen to “gibberish” (No offence meant toward the german language.)

    • Posted February 21, 2015 at 3:18 AM | Permalink

      Guess that Pat shares your German vocabulary. Though he is descended from Schwarzwald folks, i understood that he is not deep into that language.

    • Posted February 21, 2015 at 3:33 AM | Permalink

      I’ll be reading in German. But there will be translators there for the Q&A.

      • Posted February 21, 2015 at 8:08 AM | Permalink


        • Posted February 21, 2015 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

          No. I’m sorry. I was exhausted when I wrote that.

          I mean to say I’ll be reading in *ENGLISH* and there will be someone translating into German for the Q&A.

          At some of the events, there will also be German actors reading parts of my work.

          • Miralys
            Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

            hehe, I was just going to call you out on that… A shame, though, that would have been really interesting. In the event description for Reutlingen however they mention an actor who’s going to do the reading?
            Anyways – will see you there! And if you’d like to check out the beautiful swabian alps while you’re there… I’d be happy to be your tour guide!

          • towo
            Posted February 22, 2015 at 4:12 AM | Permalink

            We got a bit confused for the Cologne event at first when we read about it at the start of the year… kind of sounded like you’d just be sitting there and the other person (supposedly well-know, but…) would do all the reading.

            (This may seem odd, but the translation culture in Germany is horrible; it feels like everything has to be translated to validate the translation industry. Try watching English TV shows – short version: get Netflix, no other chance.)

  3. Erzberger
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 3:29 AM | Permalink

    Oh wow. That came totally unexpected. As someone who pays no attention to twitter or facebook Id like to thank you for writing a blog about this! Otherwise I would have missed it. I just ordered my ticket for Reutlingen. See you there! Have a safe trip!

  4. kaylamarie
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 4:10 AM | Permalink

    Ahh you’re doing a show in portland on my birthday I can’t believe my luck! I’m so fucking pleased.

  5. cgi
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 4:53 AM | Permalink

    Hi there. I am really drunk at the moment, so please forgive me. It is really not my intention to bitch at you.

    I am one of your German fans, but I normally enjoy reading originally English books in English.

    I am quite happy that your novels are being translated into German, so those fellow countrymen of mine, who are not as proficient reading English as me can enjoy your books as well (caution: I don’t consider myself proficient writing English. I am quite sure I suck…).

    However: I can’t believe the you are visiting Germany, shortly after I left for Japan (for good maybe?). Leipzig would have been well in my reach, too. Maybe you will be visiting Japan some day? Preferebly in the Okayama region?

    Anyway, I am really looking forward to the next book in the Kinkiller series. It is hard to wait, but I am really enjoying your well thought out writing. I would rather wait than have you lower your standards.

  6. ceres
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 6:22 AM | Permalink

    You just made me so happy with those news! I decided a week ago to go to the Leipzig Book Fair and now I’m looking forward to it a thousand times more :-) Wohoo!

  7. Thidrek
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 7:30 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    I was really thrilled as I visited my local book store here in Heidelberg and saw that you wouldn’t just come to Germany, but even here into my home town. Equally sad I was when I heard that the reading had been canceled. But it is understandable that things change, especially when planning from overseas, so no problem there. I will try to see you in Reutlingen instead (1,5 hours drive is not that much I guess, especially when you won’t be back for a couple of years). But let me tell you, you really missed something, Heidelberg is a wonderful city with a unique medieval flair – I guess Kvothe would have liked it here too ;)

    Looking forward to seeing you!

  8. Bilbo
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 8:34 AM | Permalink

    I´d like to post a photo of my two tickets for Heidelberg.
    I think I´m going to keep them.
    To remember a chance I won´t have again.
    Sorry. I´m not being fair. Not at all.
    Have a safe trip.

  9. melcrova
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:18 AM | Permalink

    Don’t you by the chance also consider some All European Tour? You know, The Czech Republic is quite near Germany and Austria… The Slow regards of silent things is not yet translated into Czech, so I read it in English. Considering the language used it was really difficult, interesting and also impresive reading by the way. So maybe when the Czech translation is done you might come to visit us here in Prague too??

  10. Jsherry
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:18 AM | Permalink

    Joel Hodgson.

  11. foerster73
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:23 AM | Permalink

    Thank you!
    Just booked my ticket for Reutlingen event. Thank you!
    Thanks! Oh, and THANK YOU ;-)
    Cant believe it, cant wait, cant say THANK YOU often enough… cant believe how childish I am reacting and cant believe that I dont care…
    Oh, and thanks a lot for coming ;-))
    I really hope they have your book there in English as well… whew I am glad I havent bought it yet… ;-)

  12. pia mia
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 9:56 AM | Permalink

    yeaaaaah! roadtriiip! :D

  13. bluezone
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 10:05 AM | Permalink

    Oh, what a shame.
    I had lived for 6 years in Germany and hoped I might be able to see you.
    Then I (recently) moved to UK and now you are going to Germany.

    Not to mention that you visited the UK, *while* I was still in the process of moving from Germany, so I hadn’t been living in UK yet.
    Ah well, I am sure, that we shall meet sooner or later.

    Have fun in the Land of Wurst!

    yours truly


  14. Posted February 21, 2015 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

    Soooo, I just bought a bus ticket to Berlin. From Riga. That’s like 1250km and 20 hours on the bus. Couldn’t be more excited than this, so I’ll just leave now quietly humming “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy..”
    Let’s just hope that the Dussmanns have enough place for everyone.

    • Posted February 21, 2015 at 2:03 PM | Permalink

      Wow. That’s kinda… wow.

      Make sure to introduce yourself when I see you. If you travel 1000 km to see me, you can get a little extra time…

  15. dkerley
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

    It seems almost mandatory for me to complain that you are coming to Europe, yet you have been selfish enough not to schedule a visit directly into my living room in Brussels.
    Once I managed to get over this most distressing fact and reawakened from my distraught state, I realised that Brussels is a mere 2 hour train ride from Cologne. Score.
    Being from the UK originally my ability to speak foreign languages is shameful – I can only just about speak French with the local populous here. So it will be the pleasure of me and my wife to join you in our attempts to butcher the German language.

    See you in Cologne and safe travels.


  16. audreynstuff
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

    YES! Thank you so much for taking the time to come to Austria, Pat. We often get overlooked. It’s very frustrating when, for example, one of your favorite bands plays 3 shows in Germany and none in Austria. It means so much to your fans here, especially this one. I am already ecstatically spreading the word to everybody I know. It’s the first time I will have a chance to meet one of my all time favorite authors. I can’t wait!

  17. Simpell
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

    Just bought tickets for cologne! Im so excited right now it almost hurts…you, coming to germany, and only an hour trainride away from me, thats more awesome than my brain can handle in one day. Really looking forward to seeing you there!

    • Simpell
      Posted February 21, 2015 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

      Now that i can think somewhat clearly again… Are you only going to sign the new books, or can i bring my copy of Name of the wind and Wise mans fear? And is there going to be a one signature per person rule?

  18. wayward
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    Oh my gosh! Just booked seats for Cologne! I’m so effin’ excited!

  19. Piccadilly
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    I really don’t know what to say. I’m so excited! I always was kind of bumped when I thought that one of the english autors I cherish most is unlikely to come to Germany/Europe and that it would be impossible to see him in person, if I was not on a trip through the USA.
    But now I can’t wait for march 16! See you in Berlin Pat :D

  20. jules
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

    Quick question: will you be bringing English hardcover editions of the “Slow Regard” to the readings?
    I won’t be able to make it to any of them (I’m appropriately crushed, too), but some friends of mine will be there and I’ll have them buy the book for me, if you have it. Otherwise, I’ll have to order it beforehand. I wouldn’t want to read it in German. And that has nothing to do with it being 40% longer over here. ;-)
    Thank you and good travels!

  21. SilverTpt
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 12:36 PM | Permalink

    I can’t believe nobody else has posted this, but in addition to the cover the title has also changed right? My German is rusty but I think that translates to “The Music [of/in] Silence”, which is another awesome and fitting title.

    • alexmh98
      Posted February 21, 2015 at 3:51 PM | Permalink

      thats also kind of the name in spanish too, “la musica del silencio”, i know, its awesome

    • stachelschweinbaum
      Posted February 22, 2015 at 5:11 AM | Permalink

      Yes, it does translate to “The Music of Silence”, so the Spanish and German title are the same. I cannot think of an elegant way to translate “The Slow Regard of Silent Things” elegantly into German, but this is another great title for the book, of course.

  22. Asereth
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 2:12 PM | Permalink

    150 kilmeters? well for me it’s 1700! :) i just booked my flight from riga to cologne, i’ll miss some important classes at university..but do i really care? no! do i want to see patrick rothfuss live? hell yeah

    turned out you need a ticked for cologne and, as far as i could tell, me and my 2 friends just got the 3 one’s left (little miracle) we’ll be sitting in completly different corners, but we sure will find a solution (losing weight to fit on one chair, writing sms to each other the hole time…..)


  23. Posted February 21, 2015 at 3:37 PM | Permalink

    @Pat Will you be staying in Rothfuss Hotel in the Black Forest while in Germany?

  24. alexmh98
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

    when are you coming to mexico? if it is to guadalajara much better. Please, we also love your books in here. We have a beutiful country, delicious food, it is hot as hell but is still winter so… please?

  25. Aloine
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 4:40 PM | Permalink

    Remember that German girl, who named her dwarf hamster Kvothe, because he was a kick-ass climber? Yeah? No..? Well, anyway, see you in Cologne :)

  26. Quillan
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 1:21 AM | Permalink

    I just wanted to thank you for the livestream. I know you don’t like people filming you when you do these things, but for those of us that can’t be there, its awesome.
    Also, I once heard you talk at Harvard. Someone asked you, “How stupid are the Adem for not understanding how sex works?”
    You then went on a fifteen minute rant which started, “A lot of you people who think you are scientist really are not.” and you then went on to explain the universe and religion. I wish there was a recording of that…

  27. Tides
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 1:55 AM | Permalink

    There is one funny thing I discovered. The guys at the Vindragona Festival in Austria haven´t announced your visit yet. You are ahead of them. ;)

  28. RideOnDre
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 2:51 AM | Permalink

    You or more accurately your post just made my weekend! Or to be honest made a good one even better! This is excellente news and I really hope I’ll be able to make it to either one of your stops here. Thank you!!!! And thank you also for the livestream, like Quillan already pointed out it really is a great opportunity for anyone who won’t be able to make it and will be highly appreciated.

  29. Aynaet
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 6:41 AM | Permalink

    OmG! You just made my day!!! Planning a trip to Berlin right now!!!

  30. Posted February 22, 2015 at 6:44 AM | Permalink

    Coolness! I’m very tempted to get Name of the Wind signed a third time :D

  31. rhidana
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 7:06 AM | Permalink

    This makes me so happy I don’t even have words!!! Originally, I wanted to go to Leipzig and I was so excited about it that I completely forgot that it’s my best friend’s birthday that weekend. Obviously I fail. Lucky for me I also bought a ticket for Cologne (yes, I’m greedy like that!) and I just checked again today out of curiosity. Guess what? Cologne is sold out! :)

    Really, really looking forward to seeing you there!!

    • Posted February 22, 2015 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

      Oh no, you’re right! I just wanted to book tickets for Cologne and they’re all gone :(
      I’ll investigate whether I can make it to one of the other events instead.

      • rhidana
        Posted February 23, 2015 at 12:13 PM | Permalink

        Yeah, when I booked my ticket there were only a couple left. Then again, I should’ve checked litCologne ages ago for something like that…rah.

  32. Stuey1977
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 7:28 AM | Permalink


    You spelt it wrong. Australia has an extra al in it… That’s awesome that you’re getting to Germany and Austria, very jealous…

  33. Merle
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 10:12 AM | Permalink

    So unbelievable happy right now! See you in Cologne!!! <:o)

  34. ManiacWoodpecker
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 10:22 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    after reading all posts, i just wrote an email to your german publisher and to Dussmann. 200 Seats are a joke, if people travel to Berlin from Riga, Poland, Denmark and the Netherlands those 200 seats will never be enough. nobody wants to have a dissapointed or even angry mob at hand. i expect at least 400 people, if not more for the Berlin reading. I dont know how serious they will take those mails but i think it would be nice if you could tell them about our fears, of not getting a seat after literally travelling hundreds of miles to get to see you.

  35. Gabriel Cruz
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

    First of all thak you for the livestreaming, it gives the opportunity to see you for everyone around the globe, that being said, I would still really love to be able to see you in person, to be a part of a Q&A and to get my book signed, so is there any possibility that you might come to Brazil any time soon? I know that it is kind of out of the usual places writers go to, but I can assure you that people love your book here, and if you come they would go crazy with antecipation.

  36. Illyriab
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 11:59 AM | Permalink

    I live in the Czech Republic, but could probably find a way to get to the reading in Vienna. The problem is, that I don’t speak any German. Is it still going to be worth going? I love your books and my English is good, but I don’t want to travel to a foreign country just to go to an event where I’ll understand less than 80% of what is said…. The fact that I can’t understand what the program is saying is not encouraging.

  37. gurksn
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 2:38 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    thank you for visiting Cologne. I’m really looking forward to the event – even if it’s on a ship! Sadly I’ve got a travel-sickness and will take pills not to vomit on the ship :D So if you see a sleeping guy in the crowd, don’t be angry – wake him up! The damn things make a grown up sleep like a baby sometimes, I’ll do my best not to :D
    The question was already asked but not answered: Will there be a “one book only”-policy? I mean… You’ve got at least 3 – not counting the “childrenbooks”. A “3 book”-policy would be better fitting ;)

  38. SporkTastic
    Posted February 22, 2015 at 7:16 PM | Permalink

    Any chance we can get the German versions in the US?

  39. Posted February 23, 2015 at 2:22 AM | Permalink

    Welcome to Germany! I’m happy to meet you soon in Leipzig for an interview for First the review (Lesebericht) > Lesebericht: Patrick Rothfuss, Die Musik der Stille</. Than a second article on our blog with the video of our interview.

  40. Tim
    Posted February 23, 2015 at 5:20 AM | Permalink

    Tickets for Cologne are sold out. :-(

  41. Elisa
    Posted February 23, 2015 at 9:16 AM | Permalink

    The Kuppitsch Bookstore in [b]Vienna[/b] realized that there will be many people wanting to hear Pat. So they take reservations now at [email protected] (while the entry is still free).
    See you there folks :)

  42. Almaric
    Posted February 23, 2015 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

    Hi everyone,
    I’m new here and I’ve just read the amazing news, but I’m too late and the tickets in Cologne are all sold. Is there any chance Pat might hit a bookstore or something in the area before the event? I really hope to get one of my (english) books signed and to meet him in person.
    @Pat: I know your limited timetable and I can totally understand if you won’t get to any other bookstores in the area. Just wanted to let you know, so your conscience may be at peace. But I had to ask ;-)

  43. sophia92
    Posted February 23, 2015 at 6:07 PM | Permalink

    on the website of eventim there are still tickets for Cologne!!!!! :-)

    • Almaric
      Posted February 23, 2015 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

      Yay, thank you so much!!! Why didn’t I think of Eventim? Just bought my ticket and now smiling like a maniac :-)

      • sophia92
        Posted February 24, 2015 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

        No problem. I‚m looking forward like crazy ;-)
        See you all in Cologne.

    • von Nilsen
      Posted February 24, 2015 at 6:33 AM | Permalink

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Got two tickets for my wife and me :D
      See you all in Cologne, aboard the Rothfuss Pirates Galley!

  44. LiebingKe
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 3:58 AM | Permalink

    Pat & Vienna: We are coming! I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it! – My girlfriend just booked the tickets for our Germany-to-Vienna-tour. I’m afraid I can’t take my cat with us (he loves you yeah yeah yeah). I hope you’ll still be conscious in Vienna after traveling through Germany :-))

  45. Jule89
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 4:08 AM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,

    I am one of your German fans as well and. I am not sure wheter I make it to one of your readings, but I use this news to write some words into your blog.

    I want to thank you for bringing me back the fantasy genre! When I was young, I enjoyed reading Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, but lost interest in fantasy completely – I don’t know why.
    It was my boyfriend who gave me “The Name of the Wind” as a Christmas gift and, after that, the two parts of “The Wise Man’s Fear” as well. And I was totally hooked by them! I also bought the audio books to spend some more time in Kvothe’s world. During my master thesis, when I was sitting at the computer all day, I checked google for news of the third novel almost every day. At least I found out about “The Slow Regard of Silent Things”, and that Blog here, of course :-)
    And, as I mentionned, your books opened my eyes: I like fantasy – no, I love fantasy! So I discovered a lot of other great stories as well, some of them only because you recommended them on the back of the book :-)
    So thank you, Pat, for your great books and for bringing back fantasy into my life ;-)


  46. Niccolo
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

    I’ll be at the Leipzig Book Fair, and probably at the event in Berlin :) And I feel a bit like cheating because I wanted to go to Leipzig anyway and live in Berlin so no big traveling is necessary. But I am overjoyed you are coming to Germany. I tell all my friends about it, be sure xD

  47. Ser Scot
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 4:31 PM | Permalink

    Doesn’t that translate to “The Music of Stillness”? Any particular reason for the change?

    • Franziska
      Posted February 26, 2015 at 4:33 PM | Permalink

      No, it doesn’t. One of the reasons why translating English to German results in much longer books is that the German language doesn’t have as many words as the English language. That means that we need more words to say something that might only have one specific word in English. Also, it means that a lot of words have more than one meaning – including “Stille”, which can mean stillness, but it can also mean silence, calm, tranquility or quiescence (among other things, depending on the context.)

      • Thidrek
        Posted March 4, 2015 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

        While the English language does indeed have more words than German (although that depends on a lot of factors and how you count it – there are no exact numbers) this has nothing to do with the length of German or English texts. English is a language that relies heavily on borrowing, resulting in many different words that other languages like German would form through composition or other means. What makes English texts longer are grammatical differences. E.g. in English you can use adjectives or adverbs while the same word would have to be expressed in a dependent clause in German. Same goes for participles. While it is perfectly normal for an English speaker to say “Doing so”, the literal German translation of “Das machend” sounds pretty awkward, so one would rather translate it to “Als er das machte”.

        In reply to Ser Scot: Yes, “Music of Stillness” or “Music of Silence” would be an adequate translation.
        @Franziska: As well as there are no definite synonyms, translations always are some kind of interpretation. Going by your logic, you couldn’t ever translate anything from one language into another because you can never grasp the whole meaning of a certain word with a single corresponding word ;)

  48. Nick W.
    Posted February 25, 2015 at 12:53 PM | Permalink

    I’m ensaddened that you won’t be visiting Utah any time in the near future…

  49. Franziska
    Posted February 26, 2015 at 4:27 PM | Permalink

    OMG! I’m so excited that you’ll be in Vienna. I get the Kuppitsch newsletter each month and when I read your name the other day, I immediately marked March 20th with a huge red cross in my calender :)
    I live like 2 blocks away from the store. This is going to be the best day of the year! Thanks so much for not forgetting about your German speaking fans :)

  50. j.hizzle
    Posted February 27, 2015 at 4:45 AM | Permalink

    Unfortunatley I don’t see any option to add a photo. So I just tell you, Pat.
    I just bought a copy of “Die Musik der Stille” and it has about 170 pages (roughly 13cm x 21cm). Your name and the title is printed vertically not horizontally.
    But however.. I cannot wait to read it.

  51. marcon
    Posted February 28, 2015 at 1:43 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    this is truly fist-pump worthy great.

    However ;-)

    My worry is not only that people won’t fit, but also that people, who don’t speak German or who specifically come to hear you read might be disappointed, as several events seem to have a German reader.

    Which, event has you reading yourself in your own wonderful English?

    Thank you so much in advance and see you soon!

  52. hemmer
    Posted March 1, 2015 at 11:56 AM | Permalink

    First reaction: Austria? WOOHOOO!
    Second reaction: Just Vienna? :(

    Nothing close enough for me to attend, still great for a lot of other people though.

    PS: Try the pastries/desserts while you’re in Austria. So many delicious things here! :)

  53. AR NO
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    The Reading in Berlin changed it’s location to the audimax of the Humboldt university!
    Start 19:00, still 16. of march.

    Definitely a better suited place. should have enough space for all of us, hopefully.

    looking forward, see you soon!

  54. verun
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    I’ve just finished reading this and it’s awesome. Don’t know if the pretty much spot on description of an autistic girl was intended from the start but I really like the whole story and the way it’s written.
    I’d also love to read more about Auri in the future.


    Her past seems to have been a traumatic one with her father and she seems to love Kvothe (german name). I really hope for a kind of happy end for her…

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