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Swiss and French Embassies Present In the Zone of War: A Literary Conversation
April 29th, 2014
News from Berlin - On April 28th at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, French writer Mathias Enard presented his novel ‘Zones', a modern version of the Iliad set in the 20th century (translated into German in 2010 by Holger Fock and Sabine Müller), in which he represented the violent era. However, with the end of the 20th century the era of violence is far from over. Examples are the wars in Syria, Iraq and on the African continent.
What can literature do in the face of such violence? How can it be represented by literary means? And what is the specific power of literature? In view of the fact that we are the actors of history, subject and object, victims and perpetrators at the same time? This conference was held by Mathias Enard with Swiss author Lukas Bärfuss (author of ‘One Hundred Days’) and German writer Michael Kleeberg (author of ‘The American Hospital’). This event was sponsored by the Swiss embassy and organized by the DAAD Berlin Artists Program and the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, in collaboration with the Bureau du Livre of the French Embassy.
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