AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL
VENUE: Haus der berliner festspiele
The International Literature Festival Berlin is now in its 17th year and as previously will present a great variety of contemporary prose and poetry from all over the world. The following Australian authors will be participating in the festival this year:
BLINDNESS AND RAGE (13 September)
In ’Blindness and Rage’ (2017) by Australian author Brian Castro, a fatally ill poet finds himself in a Paris in a secret society. Brian Castro’s most recent novel extends beyond the formal borders of this genre. Comprising 34~cantos, its short, rhythmic lines recall the work of Virgil, Dante and Pushkin’s »Eugene Onegin«. Castro has received numerous prizes for his literary work, including the Patrick White Award for Literature 2014.
THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS (13 September)
In ’The Natural Way of Things’ by Charlotte Wood, a group of young women are abducted and imprisoned in the Australian outback. The Guardian described the Wood’s work as ’a masterpiece of feminist horror’. Charlotte Wood’s books have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards. In 2016 she received the Stella Prize for ’The Natural Way of Things’. The Australian newspaper has declared Wood ’one of our most original and provocative writers’.
POETRY NIGHT 2 with Australian author OMAR MUSA (8 September)
Omar Musa’s literary work mostly focuses on migration and racism in Australia, violence, virility and loneliness. Musa’s poetry is characterized by a strong influence of hip-hop. In 2009 Musa won the Australian Poetry slam at the Sydney Opera House.
Further participants at POETRY NIGHT 2 are Sadaf Saaz (Bangladesh), Boris Chersonskij (Ukraine), Habib Tengour (France / Algeria)