Taganrog, Jan. 27-31, 2005: Heinz Setzer, Director of the Literary Museum "Chekhov Salon" in Badenweiler
, Germany visited Taganrog to participate in the events dedicated to the 145th Anniversary of Anton Chekhov. Mr. Setzer met with Mayor Fedyanin and other city officials to discuss the pathways of cultural cooperation between the partner cities in 2005.
Heinz Setzer attended the concert given by the city music bands Lik, Divo and the municipal chamber orchestra given at the assembly hall of The Alferaki Palace. On January 28, a presentation of two new documentaries dedicated to the greatest Russian playright and short-story writer (Three Dates
and Chekhov in Germany
) was given at the Chekhov Public Library, one of the two buildings built in Taganrog by the German architect Schechtel. Mr. Setzer gave the newly released book of Volker Müller (Tausend und eine Leidenschaft. Feuilletons, Szenen, Reisebilder, Essays aus Deutschland zum Tschechow-Jahr
) with a dedication by the author as a gift to the Chekhov Library.
In his speech on January 29, 2005 delivered by the Anton Chekhov monument in Taganrog, Mr. Setzer highlighted how closely are connected our cities: "...our cities, Taganrog and Badenweiler are the real and symbolic alpha and omega on Anton Chekhov's course of life. Two cities are paving the way from the beginning to the end of his life - short, but filled with experiences and literary works...
The German literary critic, probably the best Chekhov specialist in Europe, will be visiting Taganrog again with a larger delegation from Badenweiler in May, 2005.