4th international literature festival odessa

Program ILO 4

 

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3rd international literature festival Odessa  (download)
28.09.-01.10.2017

SEPTEMBER 27 WEDNESDAY

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GALLERY

18.00 EXHIBITION: DAVID BURLIUK
[IN COOPERATION WITH THE WORLD-WIDE CLUB OF ODESSITES]

The exhibition is dedicated to the literature and journalistic works of the avant-garde artist David Burliuk [1882–1967], comrade of the futurists Vladimir Mayakovsky and Vasily Kamensky and editor of the »first futuristic journal« from 1914. The curator of the exhibition, Evgeniy Demenok, published the book »News about Burliuk« in 2013, and in 2016, inaugurated a memorial plaque to the »Ukrainian Father of Russian Futurism«-
Moderator: Evgeniy Demenok

SEPTEMBER 28 THURSDAY

ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATRE
09.00-10.30
SJOERD KUYPER, NETHERLANDS
»HOTEL DE GROTE L«

»Hotel de Grote L« by acclaimed author Sjoerd Kuyper is a real family novel and fast-paced tragicomedy that takes the daily struggles of teenagers seriously and considers them from both boys’ and girls’ perspectives. »With eccentric characters, strange events, lots of fun with language, adolescent nonsense, and thoughts that are nearly philosophical, Kuyper takes the reader on a fast ride through a gripping tale« [Ina Hochreuther, »Stuttgarter Zeitung«].
Moderator: LIANA KRYSHEVSKA |Ages: 12–14
Speaker: VADYM GOLOVKO


ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATRE
10.30-12.00
SIMON VAN DER GEEST, NETHERLANDS
»SPINDER«

On the quest for a home for his insect zoo, eleven-year-old Hidde fights with his brother Jeppe for the use of the cellar, where a destructive family secret looms – the cellar is where their older brother died. »Ultimately, van der Geest’s wonderful novel offers something hard to find in much of adult fiction: catharsis and redemption« [Norbert Zähringer, »DIE WELT«].
Moderator: LIANA KRYSHEVSKA |Ages: 12–14
Speaker: VADYM GOLOVKO

HOTEL LONDONSKAYA
11.00 PRESS CONFERENCE

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
16.00-17.30

PETER STEPHAN JUNGK, USA/ AUSTRIA
»THE DARKROOMS OF EDITH TUDOR-HART«

In »Die Dunkelkammern der Edith Tudor-Hart« [tr. The Darkrooms of Edith Tudor-Hart], Peter Stephan Jungk presents a biographical novel of one of the most important Austrian-British photographers of the 20th century: his great-aunt. A KGB spy for the Soviet Union, she also played a key role in the recruitment of the famous »Cambridge Five« spy ring. »›Die Dunkelkammern der Edith Tudor-Hart‹ is both a thrilling life story and gripping historical account« [Wolfgang Popp, ORF].

VIKTOR EROFEYEV, RUSSIA
»PINK MOUSE«

Best known for his novels »Russkaja krasavica« [1989; Eng. »Russian Beauty«, 1990], »Choroschi Stalin« [2004; Eng. »Good Stalin«, 2014], and »Die Akimuden« [2013; tr. The Akumides], this chronicler of the »Russian apocalypse«, who earned recognition as the editor of the first Russian Nabokov edition, will read from his text »Pink Mouse«. »In the hall of mirrors that is modern Russian literature, Viktor Erofeyev has taken a wonderfully dazzling position« [Egbert Hörmann, »die tageszeitung«].
Moderator: OLGA KOROLKOVA
Speaker: DIANA MALA

HOTEL LONDONSKAYA
18.00 FESTIVAL OPENING
OPENING SPEECH: NORA GOMRINGER

SEPTEMBER 29 FRIDAY

ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATRE
09.00-10.30

ANUSHKA RAVISHANKAR, INDIA

»MOIN AND THE MONSTER«

One evening, Moin discovers a monster under his bed. From then on, the boy must live with him, which is not so easy – the monster eats only bananas, sings curious songs, and is constantly trying out new hairstyles. So Moin decides to send the monster back to where it came from. Writing with a unique sense of children’s humour, Ravishankar »captivates with dialogue and wit« [»NZZ«].
Moderator: HALYNA DOLNYK | Ages: 6–9
Speaker: MAKSYM LINNYK

ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATRE
10.30-12.00
IRYNA TSILYK, UKRAINE
»THE CITY-TALE OF ONE’S FRIENDSHIP«

With her incisive, precise, and cinematic prose, the Kiev-based film director, poet, and writer Iryna Tsilyk normally dedicates her stories to the unassuming inhabitants of her hometown. At the international literature festival odessa, she will read her fairy tale for children, »The City-tale of One’s Friendship«.
Moderator: HALYNA DOLNYK | Ages: 6–9
Speaker: MAKSYM LINNYK

ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATRE
12.00-13.30
MARJANA SAVKA, UKRAINE
»A TALE ABOUT THE OLD LION«

In her verse fairy tales for children ages six to nine, Marjana Savka tells of the amazing adventures of an old lion who, tired of ruling, makes himself comfortable in an apartment on the market square in Lviv. But when the rain starts coming in through the roof, the lion must ask his closest friends for help in repairing it. Soon, the crocodile, elephant, and giraffe come strolling through the city steeped in legends.
Moderator: HALYNA DOLNYK | Ages: 6–9
Speaker: MAKSYM LINNYK

ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATRE
13.30-14.30
VLADIMIR RUTKIVSKIY, UKRAINE
»GUESTS ON THE BROOM«
Moderator: LIANA KRYSHEVSKA | Ages: 12+
Speaker: PAVLO SHMARJOV

ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATRE
14.30-15.30
MAITE CARRANZA, SPAIN
»THE MOVIE OF THE LIFE«

Maite Carranza, who has published over forty books since 1986, gained international recognition with her young adult fantasy trilogy »La Guerra de las Brujas« [2005−2007; Eng. »War of the Witches«, 2009], which has been translated into over twenty languages. In Odessa, the Spanish National Children’s and Young People’s Literature Award laureate will read from her short story »The Movie of the Life«.
Moderator: LIANA KRYSHEVSKA | Ages: 12+
Speaker: PAVLO SHMARJOV

STATE ACADEMY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
THE FUTURE OF ODESSA
10.00-10.45 BOHDAN CHERKES, UKRAINE/ AUSTRIA

Bohdan Cherkes was born in Lviv in 1953. He studied architecture there and in Moscow, and today is the director of the Institute of Architecture at the Lviv Polytechnic National University, a professor of urban development at the Agricultural University of Krakow, and a visiting professor in Vienna. His work focuses on architecture and urban planning as an expression of political power, ideology, and national identity. From 1999–2001, he was the Eastern Europe coordinator for the exhibition »Glück Stadt Raum in Europa 1945–2000« [Berlin, 1999–2001], became a corresponding member of the Sächsische Akademie der Künste in 2003, and received the title of »Honoured Architect of Ukraine« in 2013.

STATE ACADEMY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
THE FUTURE OF ODESSA
10.45-11.30
IEVGENIIA GUBKINA, UKRAINE

Ievgeniia Gubkina is an architect, city planner, and curator for architectural and artistic projects as well as educational events. In her work, she addresses questions of urban renewal and development, such as looking at the Kharkiv Tractor Plant or the Ukrainian city of Slavutych, which was built in the late Soviet style after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster to accommodate workers who had to leave contaminated apartments.


STATE ACADEMY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
THE FUTURE OF ODESSA
11.45-12.30 SASKIA VAN STEIN, NETHERLANDS

Saskia van Stein has curated several exhibitions for the Netherlands Architecture Institute [NAI] in Rotterdam. She was also active as a jury member for the Prix de Rome and the Pierre Bayle Prize for Architectural Criticism, among others, and has moderated many debates on art, architecture, and design. In 2013, she became director of Bureau Europa, a platform for architecture and design in Maastricht, which, among other projects, initiates collaborations and projects for the analysis of urban planning and design.

STATE ACADEMY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
THE FUTURE OF ODESSA
13.30-14.15 OLEG DROZDOV, UKRAINE

Ukrainian architect Oleh Drozdov was born in 1966. He studied architecture in Kharkiv till 1990 and started his own multiple-award-winning company Drozdov & Partners in 1997. He designed projects for various commercial and non-commercial buildings (Kyiv Drama Theater on Podil among them) and supervised different educational and cultural projects in Ukraine and abroad. Co-founder of Kharkiv School of Architecture.


STATE ACADEMY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
THE FUTURE OF ODESSA
14.15-15.00
SONJA BEECK, GERMANY

Sonja Beeck was born in Memmingen in 1965. She studied architecture at the RWTH Aachen, where she earned her doctorate in 2002. She has worked at architecture firms in Düsseldorf, Cologne, and London, and for ten years served as the project manager of IBA Urban Redevelopment at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in Saxony-Anhalt. Beeck has been a visiting professor in Innsbruck and Kassel, and managing director of the chezweitz office for museum and urban scenography since 2013. She is a member of the IBA expert advisory board of the Federal Republic of Germany.

STATE ACADEMY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
THE FUTURE OF ODESSA
15.00-15.45 JOHANNES KISTER, GERMANY

Since 1994, architect Johannes Kister [kister scheithauer gross] is teaching at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences at Bauhaus Dessau, where he was the dean of the architecture department from 2006 to 2009. He also is a member of the society for the Deutsches Institut für Stadtbaukunst [urban planning aesthetics] since 2012. The modernisation of German architectural design in the 1950s and ‘60s is one of Professor Kister’s areas of expertise as »the old can be more relevant to the present than the new«.


STATE ACADEMY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE
THE FUTURE OF ODESSA I:
16.00-17.00 PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderator: ANTON YAROTSKY

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
12.00-13.00 BOOK PESENTATION
EVGENIY DEMENOK AND EVGENIY GOLUBOVSKIJ, UKRAINE
»WHILE GOD IS SMILING«

Inspired by a quote from Georgi Golubenko that Odessa is »God’s smile«, journalists Evgeniy Demenok and Evgeniy Golubovskij collected seventeen stories about the city in their 2017 book. From seventeen authors of a new generation of writers, the texts range from magical and psychological realism to philosophical parables and illuminate Odessa’s enduring, lively spirit.


LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
13.30-14.30
ALIDA BREMER, CROATIA/ GERMANY
»OLIVA’S GARDEN«

In »Olivas Garten« [tr. »Oliva’s Garden«], Alida Bremer tells her Croatian family history from the perspective of the family’s women. »In times of migration and refugee crises, this very personal novel about heritage, homeland, life between cultures, and searching for clues becomes more relevant than ever« [»Westfalenspiegel«]. Bremer grew up in Split and is an important ambassador and promoter of Croatian culture in Germany.
Moderator: OLGA KOROLKOVA
Speaker: DIANA MALA

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
14.30-16.00
WOJCIECH KUCZOK POLAND
»CZARNA«

In his newest novel, the well-known Polish author and film critic Wojciech Kuczok tells a true and tragic story from the year 2001: Jeremi is an attractive man, a wonderful father, and a successful businessman. There’s just one problem: He sees Beata only as a wife and the mother of his children. He allows himself to go on a passionate adventure, never imagining that his lover’s feelings for him might reach new heights of madness. And in the small city where he lives, it doesn’t take long for the rumours to reach his family…

PRIYA BASIL, UK/ GERMANY
»WHERE ARE YOU FROM?«

Where are you from? Starting with this seemingly harmless question, Priya Basil, writer and co-founder of the action group »Wir machen das. Für eine postmigrantische Gesellschaft« [We’re Doing It: For a Post-Migrant Society], describes her own experiences with the forces of nationality and points to literature as an appropriate »training site for the imagination«.
Moderator: ANNA NARINSKAYA AND HALYNA DOLNYK
Speaker: NINEL NATOCHA

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
16.00-17.30
ADANIA SHIBLI, PALESTINE/ GERMANY
»THIS SEA IS MOHAMMAD AL-KHATIB’S«

The short story »This Sea is Mohammad al-Khatib’s« describes the journey of a twenty-year-old Palestinian to the sea. To get there, he must pass through impossible checkpoints and expose himself to danger. Adania Shibli explores the feelings and attitudes of Palestinians in a divided and distorted land. »With her pen, Shibli does what all good artists do – bringing to light a new view of the world« [Sally Bland, »The Jordan Times«].

OLEKSIY CHUPA, UKRAINE
»THE ISLAND« / »TALES OF MY BOMB SHELTER«

One of the most important contemporary poets from the Donetsk region, Oleksiy Chupa, who was forced to relocate to Lviv in 2014, devotes his prose to questions of a social and political nature in Ukraine. In his »bunker stories«, he tells of the inhabitants of his former residence in his hometown of Makiivka, which transformed into a bomb shelter as the city was being shelled.
Moderator: VLADISLAV DAVIDZON
Speaker: MAKSYM LINNYK

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
17.30-19.00
BACHTYAR ALI, IRAQI KURDISTAN/ GERMANY
»THE CITY OF WHITE MUSICIANS«

Named the best book of 2005 by the Ministry of Education of autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, »The City of White Musicians« by writer and poet Bachtyar Ali, who has lived in exile for twenty years, takes place in a fictional location and tackles the subject of Saddam Hussein’s campaign to destroy Kurds and Shiites. »Bachtyar Ali uses the spellbinding effect of magical realism to describe and protest the fatal power of politics« [Claudia Kramatschek, WDR].

JENNIFER CLEMENT, USA/ MEXICO
»PRAYERS FOR THE STOLEN«

Clement spent ten years researching her complex novel about human trafficking by Mexican drug cartels. She gives a powerful and poetic voice to the victims of abductions concealed by corruption and affirms the unbreakable power of hope. »Clement distils that which she has heard and experienced into a tight story that is almost sketched like a painting in its poetic force« [Paul Ingendaay, »FAZ«].
Moderator: ANNA NARINSKAYA
Speaker: PAVLO SHMARJOV AND DIANA MALA

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL

19.00-20.30
POETRY NIGHT I:
NORA GOMRINGER, SWITZERLAND/ GERMANY, ALEKSANDR KABANOV, UKRAINE PAATA SHAMUGIA, GEORGIA, LYUBA YAKIMCHUK, UKRAINE

Nora Gomringer, winner of the 2015 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize and co-founder of the Bamberger Poetry Slam, utilises experiences from the spoken word scene to create her poetry.
Aleksandr Kabanov co-founded the Ukrainian slam and coordinates the Kyivsky Lavry international poetry festival. His most recent poems address current events in Ukraine.
Paata Shamugia, who has twice won the SABA award, the most important Georgian literature prize, gained recognition in 2006 with »Antitkaosani«, a counterpart to the medieval poem »The Knight in the Panther’s Skin«.
Lyuba Yakimchuck has received numerous awards for her poetry collections, some of which employ elements of futurism. Yakimchuk performs together with the Ukrainian improv double bass player Mark Tokar and lives in Kiev.
Moderator: VLADISLAV DAVIDZON AND HALYNA DOLNYK
Speaker: PAVLO SHMARJOV AND DIANA MALA

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
20.30-22.00

WOLF AND PAMELA BIERMANN, GERMANY
CONCERT

The poet and songwriter Wolf Biermann, who was exiled from the GDR as a dissident in 1976 and later participated in the peace and anti-nuclear movement in West Germany, performs in protest of the contempt shown to fundamental democratic values. Together with Pamela Biermann, he will present familiar songs spanning fifty years of German history. »Wolf Biermann has contributed a piece of the German identity« [Helmut Schmidt].

SEPTEMBER 30 SATURDAY

TERMINAL 42
10.00-11.30
JANNE TELLER, DENMARK
»THE TRAMPLING CAT«

»Kattens tramp« [2004; tr. The Trampling Cat] is a powerful, timely novel about European identity, individual connections in time and place, and Europe’s treatment of »others«, told in the form of a tragic love story. Teller is an award-winning novelist and essayist.
Moderator: LIANA KRYSHEVSKA
Speaker: NINEL NATOCHA–

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
11.30-13.00
PETER WEBER, SWITZERLAND
»CUT AND FILE« / »THE MELODYLESS YEARS«

In Peter Weber’s rhythmic travel novel »Die melodielosen Jahre« [2007; tr. The Melodyless Years], the language itself swings and flows. During the post-reunification years, Oliver sees how melodies disappear from music as the electronic age begins. He examines the changes in tone and rhythm and follows the disappearance and reappearance of the melodies and tone sequences of love. Weber’s text »Die Polyfräse« [tr. Cut and File] explores the Saint-Gotthard Massif in Switzerland. »Whatever touches the author’s quill turns into music…« [»St. Galler Tagblatt«].

ARTUR KLINAU BELARUS
»EMPTIES«

The writer and journalist Artur Klinau is best known for his historical-autobiographical city guide »Minsk. Sonnenstadt der Träume« [2006; tr. Minsk. The Sun City of Dreams]. »Škłatara« [tr. Empties] tells the story of a love triangle in Minsk set against the backdrop of the 2006 presidential election. The »caustic but not unattractive cynicism is very much typical of the generation of intellectuals that Klinau represents« [Ingo Petz, »SZ«].

Moderator: ANNA NARINSKAYA
Speaker: PAVLO SHMARJOV

TERMINAL 42
11.30-13.00
INTERNATIONAL TRANSLATION DAY:

Even if they remain mostly in the background, translators are involved in all overarching linguistic and literary processes. Their role has become even more significant in our globalised world. Thanks to their work, readers are able to access an increasing number of new cultural spaces. They are honoured annually with International Translation Day on 30 September, the feast day of Saint Jerome, who mastered seven languages, translated Biblical texts, and is known as the patron saint of translators. For the first time, the 3rd international literature festival Odessa is featuring this topic in the events on Saint Jerome’s feast day.

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH MARJANA SAVKA, UKRAINE, BORIS KHERSONSKY, UKRAINE, SERHIY ZHADAN, UKRAINE AND BORA, ĆOSIĆ SERBIA/ CROATIA/ GERMANY

Boris Khersonsky, Serhiy Zhadan and Bora Ćosić are more than just literary translators. In celebration of International Translation Day, Bora Ćosić reads from his translation of Majakowski’s Odessa stories, Boris Khersonsky explores the challenges of translating Russian and Ukrainian literature into western European languages, Marjana Savka speaks about literary translation from the publishing perspective, and Serhiy Zhadan describes his experiences as a translator in Ukraine. The discussion will be moderated by Ukrainian essayist, Germanist, writer, and translator Jurko Prochasko.
Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
13.00-14.30
ANNA WEIDENHOLZER, AUSTRIA
»WHY THE MEN ARE WEARING STARFISH«

In »Weshalb die Herren Seesterne tragen« [tr. Why the Men are Wearing Starfish], Karl, a retired teacher, sets out one day in search of happiness. He begins his search at a snowless ski resort, carrying with him a slightly modified questionnaire from 1979 on the »Gross National Happiness« of Bhutan. Soon enough, his journey begins to resemble an escape, and the questioner imperceptibly becomes the questioned. »The finely-woven parable is driven by small, enchanting observations« [Sandra Kegel, »FAZ«].

JAN KONEFFKE, GERMANY
»THE SEVEN LIVES OF FELIX KANNMACHER«

In 1934, Felix Kannmacher is smuggled out of the German Reich and receives a new identity in Bucharest. As Johann Gottwald, he can only depend upon himself for survival. »Die sieben Leben des Felix Kannmachers« [tr. The Seven Lives of Felix Kannmacher] is simultaneously an historical masterwork, an ode to love, and a moving epic. »One had thought this kind of language didn’t exist anymore. So melodic, so confident in style, so imaginative« [»Das Magazin«].
Moderator: OLGA KOROLKOVA
Speaker: MAKSYM LINNYK

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
14.30-16.00
PETER SCHNEIDER, GERMANY
»MY MOTHER’S LOVES«

In his novel »Die Lieben meiner Mutter« [2013; tr. My Mother’s Loves], Peter Schneider, chronicler of the German student revolts, explores his mother’s correspondence with her lover during the Nazi era and the war as well as his own childhood in rural Bavaria. »A true fairy tale of love and death, suffering and forgetting, childhood and homesickness. A grand story for the soul« [»FAS«].

RAFAEL CARDOSO, BRAZIL/ GERMANY
»THE REMNANT«

In »The Remnant«, Rafael Cardoso chronicles the fascinating life of his great-grandfather Hugo Simon, a banker in the Weimar Republic, expatriate, and companion of Samuel Fischer, Thomas Mann, and Alfred Döblin. The family saga depicts European Jewish life in the 20th century and tenderly explores loss, identity, and the value of remembrance. »It’s like a who’s who of all the intellectuals and creative artists who were forced to flee Nazi Germany« [Thomas Mahr, »Lesart«].
Moderator: JULIA ZAPOROZHCHENKO
Speaker: VADYM GOLOVKO


LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
16.00-17.30
BORA ĆOSIĆ, SERBIA/ CROATIA/ GERMANY
»CONSUL IN BELGRADE« / »MY FAMILY’S ROLE IN THE WORLD REVOLUTION: AND OTHER PROSE«

The story of »Konsul in Belgrad« [tr. Consul in Belgrade] spans from 1937 to the beginning of the 1990s, when Ćosić leaves Belgrade due to burgeoning nationalism. With his virtuosic writing, he describes life as a Bohemian in the centre of a fascinating intellectual habitat. »My Family’s Role in the World Revolution«, a masterpiece of subversion, is told from the perspective of a child and depicts how war, fascism, and communism has haunted the microcosm of a Belgrade family since the 1940s.

CHRISTOS IKONOMOU, GREECE
»SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN, YOU’LL SEE«

Christos Ikonomou’s stories, which take place near the large harbour of Piraeus, make palpable the atmosphere in Greece today. They depict people fighting different existential crises, living in tenements, and working at the harbour. His stories, absent of superfluous judgments, are distinctly powerful. »Christos Ikonomou gives the crisis not one, but many faces« [»NZZ«].
Moderator: LIANA KRYSHEVSKA
Speaker: DIANA MALA

TERMINAL 42
17.00-18.30
THE FUTURE OF ODESSA II:
PANEL DISCUSSION

Odessa was long known as a cultural metropolis on the Black Sea. As a modern trading and port city, it was tremendously dynamic in its municipal planning during the 19th century. Many significant buildings such as the Philharmonic Theatre, the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, the State Literature Museum, the Potemkin Stairs, the Hotel Londonskaya, and Primorsky Boulevard are well known. Numerous newer buildings, however, have tended to warp the city’s image and demand a critical analysis. In order to harmonise the design and development of the city in the future, it is helpful to look at experiences from other cities with similar backgrounds. Within the context of the event »The Future of Odessa«, representatives from the fields of urban planning, architecture, and literature will discuss ideas for the future of the city and present their own ideas for the renewal and modernisation of the old town.
Moderator: ANTON YAROTSKY


LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL

18.00-19.00

WOLF BIERMANN, GERMANY
»DON’T WAIT FOR BETTER TIMES!«

Seldom are personal fate and German history so tightly woven together as they are in the life of songwriter and poet Wolf Biermann, who, as Helmut Schmidt said, »has contributed a piece of the German identity«. In his autobiography, »Warte nicht auf bessre Zeiten!« [tr. Don’t Wait for Better Times!], Biermann describes his life between East and West Germany as well as his Communist Jewish father, who was murdered at Auschwitz, and his mother, who rescued him from the inferno of bombed and burning Hamburg.
Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO
Speaker: PAVLO SHMARJOV

TERMINAL 42
18.30-20.00
BLACK SEA CONNECTIONS

The 3rd international literature festival odessa presents a new panel called »Black Sea Connections«. Seven authors from nations bordering the Black Sea discuss its influence on life in those countries. They will also present their own texts in seven individual readings. The project is a contribution toward positioning Odessa internationally and overcoming cultural boundaries.

BLACK SEA CONNECTIONS I:
ANDREY KURKOV, UKRAINE, PAATA SHAMUGIA, GEORGIA, PERIHAN MAĞDEN, TURKEY

Through the prism of excessively satirical prose, Andrey Kurkov takes a precise, diagnostic look at the situation in his post-Soviet homeland.
Paata Shamugia is among the most influential contemporary poets in Georgia. His self-mocking poems are an important part of the public discourse.
Perihan Mağden is of the most famous writers in young Turkish literature. She is especially known for her critical publications.
Moderator: ANNA NARINSKAYA

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
19.00-20.30
POETRY NIGHT II:
ARMIN SENSER, SWITZERLAND, YURI VYNNYCHUK, UKRAINE, MARIA GALINA, RUSSIA, IRYNA TSILYK, UKRAINE

Armin Senser’s poems are a sort of »lyrical essay« [»FAZ«], always beginning with an image or a perception, embedded with sensuality, and transcending to the metaphysical level.
Although his poetry and prose could only be published in samizdat during the Soviet era, since the 1990s, Yuriy Vynnychuk has been among the most influential literary voices of Ukraine.
Maria Galina’s first published poems appeared in the Odessa newspaper »Antarctica«. Since the 1990s, she has established herself as a poet, translator, literary critic, and fantasy novel author.
Iryna Tsilyk made her poetry debut in 2007 with the collection »Qi«. She has earned a slew of Ukrainian literature prizes for her poetry and prose and is also a film director.
Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO AND BORIS KHERSONSKY
Speaker: MAKSYM LINNYK

TERMINAL 42
20.00-21.30
BLACK SEA CONNECTIONS II:
ILIJA TROJANOW, BULGARIA/ GERMANY, MIRCEA DINESCU, ROMANIA, VIKTOR EROFEYEV, RUSSIA

The Bulgarian dictatorship is a central theme in the life and work of publisher and author Ilija Trojanow.
The poet Mircea Dinescu, who, as a dissident of the Ceaușescu regime, was banned from publishing, was the first to publicly announce the end of the dictatorship in 1989.
Viktor Erofeyev, who grew up between Stalinism and the West, is known as »the chronicler of Russia’s perpetual apocalypse«.
Moderator: ANNA NARINSKAYA

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
20.30-22.00
POETRY NIGHT III: ADAM ZAGAJEWSKI, POLAND, HARIS VLAVIANOS, GREECE, MARJANA SAVKA, UKRAINE, MYROSLAV, LAIUK UKRAINE

Adam Zagajewski made his poetry debut in 1972 and is a member of the Nowa Fala [New Wave] movement. The »Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung« has called him »Poland’s most important poet«.
Haris Vlavianos’s lyrical texts have been published in twelve collections of poetry and earned him a nomination for the Greek National Poetry Prize. His poems are among the most impressive and beautiful in modern Greek literature.
Marjana Savka has written numerous collections of poetry, one of which has been translated into English. She also writes children’s literature and co-founded the Old Lion Publishing House in Lviv.
Myroslav Laiuk’s poems reflect on the art of creativity, the artist’s path and self-doubt, and the lyrical subject’s dialogues with the nature that surrounds him.
Moderator: BORIS KHERSONSKY
Speaker: VADYM GOLOVKO

OCTOBER 01 SUNDAY

HOUSE OF SCIENTISTS
11.00-12.30
NICOL LJUBIĆ, CROATIA/ GERMANY
»STILLNESS OF THE SEA«

Winner of the Ver.di-Literaturpreis Berlin-Brandenburg and the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize, »Meeresstille« [2010; Eng. »Stillness of the Sea«, 2011] tells the story of a massacre during the Bosnian war and raises questions of individual guilt and how future generations process the past. »Probably the most caring and engaged novel from Germany about the Yugoslavian civil war« [»WDR EinsLive«].

PERIHAN MAĞDEN, TURKEY
»WHOM WERE WE RUNNING FROM?«

In her novel »Whom Were We Running From?«, Turkish writer and journalist Perihan Mağden reflects on her experience in 2006 when she was pursued and publicly scorned for supporting conscientious objectors to war and feared for her own life. In her text, she tells the nightmarish, enthralling, and moving story of a mother-daughter relationship.
Moderator: JULIA ZAPOROZHCHENKO
Speaker: DIANA MALA

HOUSE OF SCIENTISTS
12.30-14.00
ILIJA TROJANOW, BULGARIA/ AUSTRIA
»READ MY WORLD«

In texts such as »Hundezeiten« [1999; tr. Dog Days] and »Macht und Widerstand« [2015; tr. Power and Resistance], Ilija Trojanow has time and again tackled the theme of crimes and atrocities perpetrated by regimes. In his lecture, he will discuss the documentary process for writers, techniques for embedding authentic materials into fictional texts, and the handling of historical sources.

SERHIJ ZHADAN, UKRAINE

Serhij Zhadan is considered one of the most popular authors in Ukraine. He made his debut at age seventeen and has published twelve collections of poetry and seven works of prose. His work is characterised by mixing the language of morbid romantic decay with a spirit of optimism – a combination typical of our times. In this year’s reading, the »Ukrainian Rimbaud« presents his newest poems.
Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO
Speaker: PAVLO SHMARJOV

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
13.30-14.00
SPEAK, MEMORY! I:
ELENA KARAKINA, UKRAINE
IVAN BUNIN
The philologist, essayist, and urbanologist Elena Karakina, who is also a research associate at the Odessa State Literature Museum, remembers Ivan Bunin [1870–1953], who in 1933 became the first Russian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Bunin had left Moscow in 1918 after the October Revolution and first moved to Odessa before emigrating to France and leaving Russia forever.

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
14.00-14.30
SPEAK, MEMORY! II:
EVGENIY DEMENOK AND EVGENIY GOLUBOVSKIJ, UKRAINE
MIKHAIL KOLTSOV

Together, journalist and cultural studies scholar Evgeniy Golubovskij and publicist Evgeniy Demenok, who dedicates his books to the cultural heritage and brand of humour typical of his home city of Odessa, remember the feuilleton writer Mikhail Koltsov [1898–1940], known for his Spanish Civil War reportage and later a victim of Stalin’s Great Purge.

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
14.30-15.00
SPEAK, MEMORY! III:
GENNADIY KATSEN, UKRAINE
WLADIMIR ZE’EV JABOTINSKY

Editor of the popular science almanac »Morija« and reviver of Jewish culture in Odessa, Gennadiy Katsen discusses the Jewish writer Ze’ev Jabotinsky [1880–1940]. Not only an author of songs, poems, plays, and prose as well as a translator, in 1911, Jabotinsky founded a publishing house for Hebrew-language literature.

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
15.00-15.30
SPEAK, MEMORY! IV:
FELIX KOCHRICHT, UKRAINE
MIKHAIL BULGAKOV

126 years ago, the writer Mikhail Bulgakov was born in Kiev. Banned from publishing time and again, he was unrivalled in his critical analysis of daily life in the young Soviet Union in feuilletons, stories, and plays. His masterwork »The Master and Margarita« was published decades after his death. The Odessa journalist, cultural scholar, and television moderator Felix Kochricht looks back on the author.

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
15.30-17.00
MICHAEL KRÜGER, GERMANY
»THE ASYLUM«

In his most recent novel, »Das Irrenhaus« [tr. The Asylum], author and legendary publisher Michael Krüger tells the story of a writer who gradually loses control over the »second life« he has constructed. The novel, set in an apartment building portrayed as a madhouse in the middle of Munich, is permeated by »sharp, sometimes too sharp observations, shrewd reflections, and surprisingly poetic moments« [Wolfgang Schneider, »FAZ«].

JOCHEN SCHMIDT, GERMANY
»SUGAR SAND«

In his novel »Zuckersand« [tr. Sugar Sand], Jochen Schmidt tells the story of Karl, who is two years old and discovering the world. His father does not wish to get in his way; he cautiously accompanies Karl on his expeditions through the apartment, streets, playground, and shops, all the while reminded of his own childhood. »Schmidt is so creative in describing the microcosm of a small family that it simply must be loved« [Katharina Teutsch, 3sat »Kulturzeit«].
Moderator: JULIA ZAPOROZHCHENKO
Speaker: MAKSYM LINNYK


LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
17.00-18.30
ANDREY KURKOV, UKRAINE
»SCHENGEN STORIES«

Andrey Kurkov, who has lived in the Ukrainian capital since childhood, is internationally recognised for his novels and short stories. As a columnist for many international newspapers, he has also chronicled the events at Kiev’s Maidan Square. In his newest novel, »Schengen Stories«, he tells the story of a young Lithuanian who, after the lifting of visa requirements, travels to western Europe to seek her fortune.

YURIY VYNNYCHUK, UKRAINE
»LUTECIA«

Since the 1990s, Yuriy Vynnychuk has been considered one of the most significant literary voices of Ukraine. His novel »The Tango of Death« was named the 2012 BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year. As a long-time resident of Lviv, Vynnychuk has published numerous literary and non-fiction texts about the city. At the 3rd international literature festival odessa, he will read from his new novel.
Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL

18.30-20.00
POETRY NIGHT IV:
MIRCEA DINESCU, ROMANIA, OLENA HERASYMYUK, UKRAINE, HALYNA KRUK, UKRAINE, BORIS KHERSONSKY, UKRAINE

Since his youth, Mircea Dinescu has been considered one of Romania’s most talented poets, yet for many years, he was forbidden to publish due to his opposition to Ceaușescu’s regime. In 1989, he became the first person to publicly announce the end of the dictatorship.
Olena Herasymyuk’s poems, which have been published in numerous magazines, are distinguished by their sense of national identity. In her texts, she often questions the relationship between the self and the outside world.
An outstanding new voice in Ukrainian poetry, Halyna Kruk’s first poems won two literature prizes. For Kruk, poetry is inconceivable without the palpable reality around us.
In his numerous published poems, Boris Khersonsky’s work as a psychologist is revealed not only through his clear, poetic diagnoses, but also by his placement of the human being at the centre of his verse.
Moderator: VLADISLAV DAVIDZON
Speaker: VADYM GOLOVKO

LITERATURE MUSEUM ⸰ GOLDEN HALL
20.00-21.30
SPEAK, MEMORY! V:
ANDREI MALAEV-BABEL, RUSSIA/ USA
ISAAC BABEL

The actor, director, theatre scholar, and teacher Andrei Malaev-Babel looks back on his grandfather Isaac Babel [1894–1940], who was assigned to General Budyonny’s cavalry troops in the Polish-Soviet War of 1920, and chronicled his experiences in his major work »Red Cavalry« [1929]. In 1940, he was executed during Stalin’s Great Purge.

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Wednesday, September 28

09:00 ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATER

STEFA AND HER CHAKALKA

READING with IVAN ANDRUSIAK, UKRAINE

Moderator: GALYNA DOLNIK

»Стефа і її чакалка« (tr. Stefa and her Chakalka) is a humorous fairy tale publishd in 2007 by the Ukranian writer Ivan Andrusiak. The Chakalka is a mythical creature that abducts disobedient children at night, putting them in a bag and taking them into the forest. Andrusiak connects folkloric fairy tale elements with everyday and educational themes.

Ages 7–12

10:30 ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATER

PAPER WINGS

READING with MARCIN SZCZYGIELSKI, POLAND

Moderator: GALYNA DOLNIK

Translation: BOYHENA ANTONIAK

Rafel flees from the cruelty of the Warsaw Ghetto into the world of books. H.G. Wells provides him with him an explanation for the misery: The SS soldiers come from another time. Ultimately he is smuggled out of the ghetto and hides in the zoo. But the Nazis are hot on his heels … In »Arka Czasu« (tr. Paper Wings), Marcin Szczygielski portrays the Holocaust in an adventure novel with fantasy elements.

Ages 10–14

12:00 ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATER

THE EYES OF THE NIGHT

READING with INÉS GARLAND, ARGENTINA

Moderator: MICHI STRAUSFELD

Argentinian writer Inés Garland’s young adult novel »Los ojos de la noche« (tr. The eyes of the night), is a romantic adventure that turns into a captivating thriller. It is also a coming-of-age story that is both painful and exciting. She succeeds masterfully in putting into words familiar feelings, such as fear, hate, doubt, sadness, and love, which leave us speechless.

Ages 16+

19:00 HOTEL LONDONSKAYA

FESTIVAL OPENING. Opening speech: Amanda Michalopoulou “Literature and the meaning of life; a european education”

 

Thursday, September 29

09:00 ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATER

THE DOG NINO didn’T HAVE

READING with EDWARD VAN DE VENDEL, THE NETHERLANDS

Moderator: LIANA KRYSCHEWSKAJA

Nino has a dog –  but not really. It’s an imaginary dog: a dog that’s fearless, that can do everything and that understands everything. One day Nino’s parents give him a real dog. But will this dog live up to its predecessor?
Ages 5–8

12:00 ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATER

SHANTYOWN KID

READING with AZOUZ BEGAG, FRANCE

Moderator: MICHI STRAUSFELD

»Le gone du Chaâba«, the debut of sociologist Azouz Begag (born in 1957 in Lyon to Algerian immigrants), was a resounding success and won many prizes. It tells of his experiences as the child of immigrant workers, and the identity conflicts of a life between two cultures.

Ages 12–15

Thursday, September 29

READINGS

14:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

ALL IN ALL ODESSA IS VERY BIG

READING with JEVGENI DEMENOK, UKRAINE

Moderator: EVGENIJ GOLUBOVSKIJ

Sonia Delaunay and Vladimir Baranov-Rossiné, David Burliuk and Aleksei Kruchenykh, Mikhail Vrubel and Leonid Pasternak, Georgiy Florovsky and Nikodim Kondakov, Lev Magerovski and Perikl Stavrov, Israel Litwak and Nikolaj Dzevanovski are the heroes of Jevgeni Demenok’s »Vsja Odessa ochen’ velika« (tr. All in all Odessa is very big). The Odessan-born author and explorer of his native city’s cultural heritage brings to light the lives of all the famous painters, poets, thinkers and scholars who once called Odessa their home.

15:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

66th EDITION OF THE ALMANAC »DERIBASOVSKAYA-RISHELIEVSKAYA«

Introduced by FELIKS KOCHRICHT, YEVGENI GOLUBOVSKI and OLEG GUBAR and OTHERS

Moderator: OLENA PAVLOVA

The Odessites Club has published the artistic and literary almanac »Deribasovskaya – Rishelievskaya« since 2000. Felix Kochricht, Yevgeni Golubovski and Oleg Gubar will present the 66th edition of the almanac. Elena Pavlova, director of the Odessites Club, Vitali Abramov, director of the Museum of Arts in Odessa, as well as the writer Maria Dimerli and poet Tina Arseniev will also participate.

18:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

OBLIVION

READING with TANJA MALJARTSCHUK, UKRAINE/ AUSTRIA

Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO

In Ukrainian

Tanja Maljartschuk’s works are known in the Ukraine and internationally. They have been translated into several languages and have won European literature prizes. As an important commentator, she also represents Ukraine in the international arena. The author presents her new novel »Забуття« (tr. Oblivion), which will be released in early September.

18:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GALLERY HALL

ALL RUSSIANS LOVE BIRCH TREES, THE LEGAL VAGUENESS OF A MARRIAGE

READING with OLGA GRJASNOWA, GERMANY

Moderator: JULIA POMOHAIBO

Olga Grjasnowa‘s debut »All Russians Love Birch Trees« tells of the inability of a generation to express itself, a generation that knows no borders, and that has no homeland. Her text is a testimonial to the foolishness of religious and national categorizations of people.

Funded with support of a »Grenzgänger Europa und seine Nachbarn« stipend of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

19:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

AN EGYPTIAN IN PARIS 

READING with SAMUEL SHIMON, IRAQ / GREAT BRITAIN

MODERATOR: CYRILL LIPATOW

Samuel Shimon talks about the Cairo-born novelist and poet Albert Cossery (1913 – 2008), who emigrated to Paris after the Second World War, where he lived for the rest of his life. Written in French, his works pay tribute to the ordinary people of Cairo, and examine the differences between poverty and affluence, intrigue and quiet revolt.

19:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GALLERY HALL

SPRING ON THE MOON

READING with JULIA KISSINA, UKRAINE/ GERMANY

Moderator: ELENA KARAKINA

In Russian

Julia Kissina’s new novel describes the childhood and adolescence of the generation born in the 1960s and 1970s in the Soviet Union, a generation that grew up in the bleak era of stagnation under Brezhnev. The author, who was born in Kiev and now lives in Berlin, once again draws on the diversity of languages, styles and ethnicities of her city of birth.

Thursday, September 29

Perspectives

LIVING BY THE WATER

Cities built by the sea and on riverbanks are shaped by a unique cultural and architectural heritage. Proximity to water represents a connection to other continents and cosmopolitanism. As part of the international literature festival odessa, urban planners, architects, and writers will explore what makes living close to the sea so unique and how it influences their work.

18:30 ODESSA REGIONAL SCIENCE LIBRARY M. GRUSHEVSKY

LIVING BY THE WATER I

INÉS GARLAND, ARGENTINA, LAKSMI PAMUNTJAK, INDONESIA, and AMANDA MICHALOPOULOU, GREECE

Moderator: IWAN KOZLENKO

In English

Cities built by the water suggest safe havens, and ties to other countries. Sometimes they even have beaches, and provide access to riparian and industrial zones. As part of the project »Perspectives«, authors, architects and city planners convene to discuss the future of cities by the water.

In »Living by the Water I« writers discuss how the sea influences their lives and where they live, and what makes these places so unique.

Thursday, September 29

20:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

On Feminism

JULIA KISSINA, UKRAINE/GERMANY and JULIA BELOMLINSKAJA, RUSSIA

Moderator: ANNA NARINSKAJA

How relevant is feminism in post-Soviet countries today? What do feminist thought, action and artistic practice currently signify? Is there such a thing as »male« or »female« literature? The Berlin-based novelist Julia Kissina and Saint Petersburg native Julia Belomlinsky discuss and examine these themes from a personal and artistic perspective.

20:00 TERMINAL 42

THE ROLE OF UKRAINIAN LITERATURE IN A EUROPEAN CONTEXT

TANJA MALJARTSCHUK, UKRAINE/ AUSTRIA and BORIS KHERSONSKY, UKRAINE

Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO

The author and journalist Tanja Maljartschuk and the poet Boris Khersonsky discuss whether Ukraine as a young independent nation has its own cultural identity, focusing on the history and potential of Ukrainian literature, and examine the country’s past and present more closely.

21:00  TERMINAL 42

POETRY NIGHT I

BORIS KHERSONSKY, UKRAINE, ILYA KAMINSKY, USA, RAPHAEL URWEIDER, SWITZERLAND, ESTHER KINSKY, GERMANY, and NIKOLA MADZIROV, MACEDONIA

Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO

Ilya Kaminsky, a native of Odessa now living in the United States, considers himself Odessan, nonetheless: »My poems are in the vein of the southern Russian school, the only difference is that they are in English.«

The poet Boris Khersonsky studied in Odessa and published poems in the 1970s in »Samizdat«. He now primarily writes about the Maidan and the war, and also about Odessa.

Raphael Urweider has dedicated his life to words and language. He conquered the world of poetry at a young age, receiving prestigious prizes and enthusiastic reviews in the arts sections of German-language newspapers.

The multi-award winning translator and author Esther Kinsky’s poetry and novels formidably describe the frontier districts of Southeastern Europe.

Macedonian poet Nikola Madzirov’s poems are about memory, places and non-places, playing with everyday objects and deconstructing their accepted meaning.

Friday, September 30

09:00 ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATER

THE BOY AT THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN

READING with JOHN BOYNE, IRELAND

Moderator: ANNA NARINSKAJA

Irish author John Boyne, known for »The Boy in the Striped Pajamas«, returns to the horrors of the Third Reich in his most recent novel. When little Pierrot becomes an orphan, he is sent to live with his aunt, who lives in the mountains where she works as housekeeper. However, a guesome scenario awaits: It is 1935, and the house he will be living in turns out to be Hitler’s Berghof.

Ages 10–14

10:30 ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATER

GRANDMA DRINKS TEA IN HEAVEN, THE BEGINNING

READING with SONJA DANOWSKI, GERMANY

Moderator: LIANA KRYSCHEVSKAJA

Illustrator Sonja Danowski’s colored pencil drawings have won numerous international awards. »Oma trinkt im Himmel Tee« (tr. Grandma drinks tea in Heaven), »Der Anfang» (tr. The beginning) present detailed picture book worlds in which even the most difficult topics, such as death or life after the war, are made understandable and narrated with empathy. Unsentimentally and powerfully, Danowski manages to depict that although loss is sad, it also has the potential for new beginnings.

Ages 5–9

12:00 ODESSA REGIONAL PUPPET THEATER

THE LUCK FINDER

READING with EDWARD VAN DE VENDEL, THE NETHERLANDS

Moderator: LIANA KRYSCHEVSKAJA

In » De gelukvinder«  (tr. The luck finder) Edward van de Vendel uses narrative snapshots to tell the story of a sixteen-year-old Afghan refugee, starting with the Taliban takeover to his escape to the Netherlands. The reader experiences what it means to be have to leave one’s home, and learns about the hardships and dangers that refugees face on their way to Europe.

Ages 15+

Friday, September 30

Perspectives

11:00 ODESSA REGIONAL SCIENCE LIBRARY M. GRUSHEVSKY

LIVING BY THE WATER II                  

MERIAM BOUSSELMI, TUNISIA, BORIS KHERSONSKY, UKRAINE, ILYA KAMINSKY, USA

Moderator: KYRILL LIPATOW

Cities built by the water suggest safe havens, and ties to other countries. Sometimes they even have beaches, and provide access to riparian and industrial zones. As part of the project »Perspectives«, authors, architects and city planners convene to discuss the future of cities by the water.

In »Living by the Water « writers discuss how the sea influences their lives and where they live, and what makes these places so unique.

Friday, September 30

17:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GALLERY HALL

ARCHETYPE: MEDEA/WOMAN-BOMB/ EUROPE

READING with IVANA SAJKO, CROATIA

Moderator: ELENA KARAKINA

Ivana Sajko is one of the leading literary voices of the southeastern European theater scene. Her plays about recent events reflect her political commitment, and her hybrid stagings explore and dismantle traditional dramatic forms.
Her trilogy »Archetyp: Medea/Bombenfrau/Europa« (tr. Archtype: Medea/Woman-Bomb /Europe) is inspired by mythological themes.

18:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GALLERY HALL

NATIONAL AVENUE

READING with JAROSLAV RUDIŠ, CZECH REPUBLIC

Moderator: TETIANA OKOPNA

Rudiš’ »Nationalstraße« (tr. National avenue) portrays a character who lost out during the fall of the Iron Curtain: Although Vandam was at the forefront of the Velvet Revolution in 1989, 25 years later he has clearly failed to thrive, becoming a longer and a thug, who spends his days and nights getting into fights; raises his right hand in a Hitler salute at the soccer stadium. Rudiš’ brillant monologue, based on a real person, is like a punch to the gut.

19:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GALLERY HALL

MAYBE ESTHER

READING with KATJA PETROVSKAJA, UKRAINE/ GERMANY

Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO

»Vielleicht Esther« (tr. Maybe Esther) is an attempt to reconstruct the genocide of the Jews in Kiev. Petrovskaja’s novel, which won the 2013 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, tells the story of a woman abducted from Kiev in 1941 and murdered at the massacre in Babi Yar.

Funded with the support of a »Grenzgänger Europa und seine Nachbarn« stipend from the Robert Bosch Foundation.

20:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GALLERY HALL

KARADAG OCTOBER 13

READING with ESTHER KINSKY, GERMANY

Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO

In October 2013, Esther Kinsky and Martin Chalmers explored Crimea, the peninsula between Asia and Europe, ancient greatness and romantic cliché, poverty and pomp. »Karadag October 13: Aufzeichnungen von der kalten Krim« (tr. Karadag October 13: Notes from the cold Crimea)«, Kinsky’s poetic notes from this region, accompanied by the observations of a 19th-century British diplomat, take us on a journey through the past – free of any trace of nostalgia.

 

Friday, September 30

Discussions

18:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

HOW SHOULD WE TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST

JOHN BOYNE, IRELAND, and MARCIN SZCZYGIELSKI, POLAND

Moderator: ANNA NARINSKAJA

Is there a tried and tested approach to communicating the Holocaust to children? Do authors need to use a particular language to speak to young people about the horrors of the Third Reich? John Boyne and Marcin Szczygielski share their experiences regarding this complex subject.

19:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM,  GOLDEN HALL

Europe I – REFUGEE CRISIS

MERIAM BOUSSELMI, TUNISIA, and AMANDA MICHALOPOULOU, GREECE

Moderator: ARTEM CHAPEYE

The newest refugee crisis has resulted in Europe reverting back to splitting the continent along the East-West divide. Furthermore, tensions between Turkey and the European Community have opened up new sources of conflict.

What course should future European policy regarding refugees take?

20:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM,  GOLDEN HALL

Europe II – REFUGEE CRISIS

ARTEM CHAPEYE, UKRAINE, and VLADIMIR RAFEENKO, UKRAINE

Moderator: VLADISLAV DAVIDSON

The occupation of the Crimea and war in eastern Ukraine forced thousands of people to flee their homes – some temporarily, others permanently. How are domestic refugees perceived and received by their countrymen? What problems do they face? How is the state helping them to build a new life?

21:00 TERMINAL 42

POERTY NIGHT II                       

ALEŠ ŠTEGER, SLOVENIA, PEDRO LENZ and RAPHAEL URWEIDER, SWITZERLAND, and YITZHAK LAOR, ISRAEL

Moderator: SERHIY ZHADAN

Aleš Šteger is one of the most important Slovenian writers of his generation. A brief interpolation, a twist, or a change of rhythm is enough to give his verse a new orientation. In the process, Šteger’s artistry is to suddenly unhinge the reader’s expectations with his imagery.

Pedro Lenz is one of the most powerful voices of Swiss vernacular literature. The subject of his writing is not the «literary high culture» of critics, but everyday life, and the working world of average people with their leisure time and aspirations. Lenz’s texts often give a voice to people who have difficulty managing their lives.

Raphael Urweider wrote the music for Elfriede Jelinek‘s »Sportstück« (tr. A sport play) and released four albums as a vernacular rapper with the hip hop group LDeeP. His texts are rich on word play and wit.

Israeli author Yitzhak Laor, considered an enfant terrible in his homeland, writes poems and prose that chip away at national myths and legends.

Saturday, October 1

Authors’ Readings

10:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

THE QUESTION OF RED and ARUNA AND HER TONGUE

READING with LAKSMI PAMUNTJAK, INDONESIA

Moderator: MICHI STRAUSFELD

»Amba : sebuah novel« (»The Question of Red«), breaks the silence surrounding the mass killings in Indonesia in 1965 that followed the coup d’état by General Suharto. Laksmi Pamuntjak’s new interpretation of the national epic »Mahabharata« paints a panorama of a young nation in the turbulent 20th century. Pamuntjak is also the author of »Aruna & lidahnya : sebuah novel tentang makanan, perjalanan dan konspirasi« (tr. Aruna and her tongue: A novel about eating, travel, and conspiracy).

11:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

WAKING UP IN TOYTOWN

READING with JOHN BURNSIDE, GREAT BRITAIN

Moderator: VLADISLAV DAVIDSON

Although he vowed never to be like his own father, Boyne realizes that he has followed in his abhorrent progenitor’s footsteps, living a life governed by drugs, alcohol, lies and the systematic refusal to take responsibility for his life and his actions. »Waking up in Toytown« details how, having reached rock bottom, he resolves to lead a »middle-class« life, just like everybody else. With brutal honesty, Burnside tells of his arduous and winding ascent back to normalcy.

12:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

SHORT STORIES: Autobiography and Father and Dog

READING with AMANDA MICHALOPOULOU, GREECE

Moderator: ELENA KARAKINA

Amanda Michalopoulou is a prominent representative of contemporary Greek literature. Her essays, stories, novels and children’s books have been translated into 12 languages and have won national and international literature prizes. She will read from »»Αυτοβιογραφία« (tr. Autobiography)« and »Πατέρας με σκύλο (tr. Father and dog).

14:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

WHEN THERE WERE ONLY ANIMALS

READING with ZSÓFIA BÁN, HUNGARY

Moderator: OLEXANDR WESSELENYI

Like snapshots in the photo album of a 20th century family, Zsófia Bán’s novel »Amikor még csak az állatok éltek« (tr. When there were only animals) creates 15 stories that initially seem unrelated, but ultimately form a whole; tales of emigration and uprootedness, of love and violence.

14:30 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GALLERY HALL

ARCHIVE OF DEAD SOULS

READING with ALEŠ ŠTEGER

Moderator: LIANA KRYSCHEVSKAJA

During the 2012 carnival season the Slovenian city of Maribor is also a European Capital of Culture. While researching a malicious conspiracy, a dramaturg and a journalist uncover a network of corruption and lies. In the tradition of Bulgakov, Gogol and Kafka, Aleš Šteger dissects the rotten core of the belle monde in his splendid literary thriller.

15:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

JAN, JANKA, SARA AND I

READING with ZSUZSANNA GAHSE, Switzerland

Moderator: JULIA POMOHAIBO

Local residents and travelers, passing through a small town regularly, visit a recording studio to document their impressions of the changing city. Zsuzsanna Gahse allows these many voices to speak in her brief, light, and trenchant texts about how life between people in the city is changing.

15:30. LITERATURE MUSEUM, GALLERY HALL

SEASON and OTHER UNPUBLISHED TEXTS

READING with PEDRO LENZ

Moderator: SERHIY ZHADAN

Pedro Lenz is one of the most powerful voices of Swiss vernacular literature. The subject of »Jahreszeit« (tr. Season), and other texts is not the «literary high culture» of critics, but everyday life, the working world of average people with their leisure time and aspirations. Lenz’s texts often give a voice to people who have difficulty managing their lives.

16:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

FOUR PLAYS

READING with MERIAM BOUSSELMI, TUNISIA

Moderator: JULIA POMOHAIBO

Four plays: »Brouillon de vie«, »Truth Box«, »Ce que le Dictateur n’a pas dit«, »Mémoire en retraite« (tr. Rough draft of life, Truth box, What the dictator did not say, Memory in retreat).

In her plays »Brouillon de vie«, »Truth Box«, »Ce que le Dictateur n’a pas dit«, and »Mémoire en retraite« the author and director, who with her theater group was driven from their rehearsal space by Salafists in 2012, addresses the mechanisms of dictatorship and the desire to live in freedom.

17:00 LITERATURE MUSEUM, GOLDEN HALL

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE RUSSIAN SOUL
READING WITH VIKTOR EROFEYEV

Moderator: VLADISLAV DAVIDSON
Viktor Yerofeyev’s novel »Энциклопедия русской души« [1999;
tr. Encyclopedia of the Russian soul], a deeply, passionate and –
at times – unsparing analysis of the »Russian Psyche«, asks:
Who precisely is the »Russian Nation«? What is it made up of?
What aspects of everyday life does the »average Russian« rely
on, and who does he trust? Readers wll find it hard to determine
whether Yerofeyev’s encyclopedia is simply a compendium of
Russophobia or whether it is a finely detailed observation.

Saturday, October 1

Discussion

11.00 DISCUSSION

LITERATURE MUSEUM, GALLERY HALL

Europe I – Populism

ZSOFIA BAN, HUNGARY, and ZSUSZANNA GAHSE, SWITZERLAND

Moderator: SERHIY ZHADAN

Yet again, right- and left-wing populists and nationalist themes are gaining ground. What kind of patriotism does a country need to find its identity – without reverting to nationalistic concepts of the 19th and early 20th century?

Saturday, October 1

Perspectives

 

THE FUTURE OF ODESSA

200 years ago, Catherine the Great commissioned leading European architects to build a city whose harbor was to be the largest on the Black Sea. Over time, cosmopolitan Odessa became a crucible for many cultures, traces of which are still apparent in an array of different architectural styles and designs. Today Odessa is a dynamic metropolis. As part of the international literature festival, renowned urban planners, architects and writers have been invited to discuss and consider the future of Odessa.

13:00 ODESSA REGIONAL SCIENCE LIBRARY M. GRUSHEVSKY

THE FUTURE OF Odessa I: URBAN PLANNERS

with MICHAIL REVA, UKRAINE

Moderator: OMAR AKBAR and CYRILL LIPATOW

The Odessa-based sculptor and architect Mikhail Reva presents his vision of urban development and examines ideas that have already been put into place. A discussion among experts, architects and urban planners, among them Vadim Zaplatnikov and Larissa Merkulova, will look closer at land use and present-day city planning practices.

15:00 ODESSA REGIONAL SCIENCE LIBRARY M. GRUSHEVSKY

THE FUTURE OF Odessa II: Architects

JOHANNES KISTER, GERMANY, JOSE MATEUS, PORTUGAL, SILJA TILNER, AUSTRIA, VADIM ZAPLATNIKOV and LARISSA MERKULOVA, UKRAINE

Moderator: OMAR AKBAR and CYRILL LIPATOW

Architects examine the architectural heritage of a city and present their own projects: Johannes Kister talks about Cologne, Jose Mateus about Lisbon, Silja Tilner about Vienna, and Vadim Zaplatnikov and Larissa Merkulova about Kiev.

17:00 ODESSA REGIONAL SCIENCE LIBRARY M. GRUSHEVSKY

THE FUTURE OF Odessa III: PANEL DISCUSSION

MIKHAIL REVA, LARISSA MERKULOVA and VADIM ZAPLATNIKOV, UKRAINE, JOHANNES KISTER, GERMANY, JOSE MATEUS, PORTUGAL, SILJA TILNER, AUSTRIA and AMANDA MICHALOPOULOU, GREECE

Moderator: OMAR AKBAR and CYRILL LIPATOW

In the concluding discussion, urban planners, architects, urbanists and writers examine their experience in Odessa, share their ideas on urban development, and talk about completed as well as future projects for the city.

19:00 TERMINAL 42

MYTHOLOGIZATION OF REALITY OR DECOLONIALIZATION OF HISTORY?

SERHIJ ZAKHAROV, SERHIJ MAZURKEVITCH and MAKSIM PRASOLOV, UKRAINE

Moderator: CYRILL LIPATOW

In Ukraine, comics and graphic novels – new literary genres – are experiencing a veritable boom. Classical literature, historical myths, everyday life and the realities of war are explored critically by comics artists. How does this form of expression contribute to talking about the past and present? Does Ukraine need superheroes of its own? Do graphic novels mythologize reality or decolonize history?