Mini-Series: “Society and Literature I-IV”
Based upon the series "Life Through Letters", the program series ”Society and Literature” presents individual on-stage talks with selected men or women who, through their literary profession, have a special relationship to society and to society related issues. For instance, meet novelist and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), Turkish writer Türker Armaner and Spanish writer and journalist Rosa Montero during intimate and rewarding talks together with selected interviewers.
Participants: Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), Türker Armaner (Turkey), Rosa Montero (Spain), Mircea Cãrtãrescu (Romania)
Chairpersons: Ingela Bendt (Sweden), Svante Weyler (Sweden), Ana Valdés (Sweden), Andrzej Tichý (Czech Republic/Sweden)
I. Mircea Cãrtãrescu
An on-stage talk with Mircea Cãrtãrescu, hosted by Andrzej Tichý
II. ”I did not grieve when my brother died”
An on-stage talk with Tsitsi Dangarembga, hosted by Ingela Bendt
”I did not grieve when my brother died”.
With these words, the hugely successful novel Nervous Conditions begins, in which Tsitsi Dangarembga as a young writer not only wrote African history, but universal history, about race and gender.
A talk about being a role model. About the meaning of words. About the difference between reaching out with written words in books, and spoken words in films and plays. About having one foot in Europe and one in Zimbabwe. About homesickness. About choosing Zimbabwe. The inevitable questions: The situation in Zimbabwe? Why does she still live there with her family? Where does she find peace to write? How does the organization Zimbabwe Women Writers and the writers’ circles for women in the countryside survive? What has it meant to be born in Rhodesia in the same decade as Doris Lessing's early work was published?
III. When Will the Turkish Writer Be Free from Society?
An on-stage talk with Türker Armaner, hosted by Svante Weyler
A conversation with Türker Armaner, writer and philosopher from Istanbul, on the relationship between literature and politics in Turkey, the role of the writer, and the problem of “Turkishness”.
IV. Writing From the Borders
An on-stage talk with Rosa Montero, hosted by Ana Valdés
Languages, whisperings, the things you can name and the unmentionable things. The language of exile, the shouts in the crowds, things to write and speak about, silences and the things we don't speak or write about. The hidden language, the lies, the writer as prophet, the writer as pariah.