© Foto M. Thien: Privat / Foto R. Hage: Babak Salari
The Canadian writer couple Madeleine Thien and Rawi Hage were jointly teaching at Freie Universität in the summer semester 2019.
„Of all the people he had loved and who had loved him, of all the things that he had witnessed, lived and hoped for, of all the music he had created, how much was it possible to see?”
„Where are those seekers of dryness, those god-fearing souls fleeing the apocalyptic floods, where are the wetted-carcasses desperate for shelter and ships? I’ve been driving for an hour and not one soul has entered my car.”
Event in English, free admission, registration required, admission from 6.30 p.m.
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Canadian Embassy, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin, Germany
The Canadian writer Madeleine Thien and the Canadian-Lebanese author Rawi Hage held a joint Samuel Fischer Guest Professorship at Freie Universität Berlin in summer semester 2019. With their award-winning works, they are among Canada's best-known authors. Both deal in different ways with the consequences of war, migration, exile, and the search for identity. The question is always to what extent literature can rewrite history.
In their seminar the two of them dealt with literature against the background of a new questioning of history and the retelling of their own existence. The seminar took place on Wednesdays from 14:00 to 16:00 in English at Peter Szondi-Institut für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft.