Meeting: Literature without borders

June 6, 2014, 7 p.m.
Literature without borders
A meeting with Joanna Bator, Olga Tokarczuk, Ziemowit Szczerek chaired by Adam Szostkiewicz

Krakow will host an extraordinary debate on literature, democracy, prejudices and human rights. Leading Polish writers and commentators will talk about multiculturalism, combat with various social divisions, intercultural dialogue as well as what emerges out of a meeting with the Other.

Free passes to be collected at the InfoKrakow point (ul. św. Jana 2).

The debate will be attended by Joanna Bator, the recipient of 2013 Nike Prize for her book Ciemno, prawie noc [Dark, almost night], Olga Tokarczuk, the author of celebrated novels Prawiek i inne czasy [Primeval and Other Times], Dom dzienny, dom nocny [House of Day, House of Night] and Bieguni [Runners] and Ziemowit Szczerek, a novelist and short story writer as well as a reporter, the recipient of 2013 Paszport POLITYKI for “Poland’s first feat of Gonzo journalism”, i.e. a reportage entitled Przyjdzie Mordor i nas zje, czyli tajna historia Słowian [Mordor will come and devour us, or a secret history of the Slavs]. The meeting will be chaired by Adam Szostkiewicz – a journalist, translator, member of the Polish PEN Club.

Is it possible to write dialogic books in the world which increasingly rejects the idea of dialogue and eagerly returns to stereotypical perceptions? Isn’t literature essentially monologic? These question will be a starting point for a discussion.
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