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Göteborg Book Fair

Göteborg Book Fair

The Göteborg Book Fair is the most important event in Scandinavia for people in the book business.
It is also a manifestation of arts and culture, a four-day long literary festival, a tribute to freedom of expression and a place for readers and writers to meet and celebrate the power of stories.

Started in 1985 as a conference for librarians with 5,000 visitors the first time, the fair now gathers about 95,000 teachers, librarians and book lovers every year.

Göteborg Book Fair

Göteborg Book Fair

The Göteborg Book Fair is the most important event in Scandinavia for people in the book business.
It is also a manifestation of arts and culture, a four-day long literary festival, a tribute to freedom of expression and a place for readers and writers to meet and celebrate the power of stories.

Started in 1985 as a conference for librarians with 5,000 visitors the first time, the fair now gathers about 95,000 teachers, librarians and book lovers every year.

“Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka” – at NYU

“Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka” – at NYU

Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a reading by award-winning translator, writer, and editor Peter Wortsman of Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka. He will be joined by Tess Lewis to discuss the release of his new translation of Kafka’s short prose.

In this new selection and translation, Peter Wortsman mines Franz Kafka’s entire opus of short prose – including works published in the author’s brief lifetime, stories published posthumously, journals, and letters – for narratives that sound the imaginative depths of the great German-Jewish scribe from Prague. It is the first volume in English to consider his deeply strange, resonantly humane letters and journal entries alongside his classic short fiction and lyrical vignettes. Transformed is a vivid retranslation of one of Kafka’s signature stories, Die Verwandlung, commonly rendered in English as The Metamorphosis. Composed of short, black-comic parables, fables, fairy tales, reflections, as well as classic stories like In the Penal Colony, Kafka’s uncanny foreshadowing of the Twentieth Century’s nightmare, Konundrum refreshes the writer’s mythic storytelling powers for a new generation of readers.

Peter Wortsman was a Fulbright Fellow in 1973, a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow in 1974, and a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin in 2010. His writing has been honored with the 1985 Beard’s Fund Short Story Award, the 2008 Gertje Potash-Suhr Prosapreis of the Society for Contemporary American Literature in German, the 2012 Gold Grand Prize for Best Travel Story of the Year in the Solas Awards Competition, and a 2014 Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY). His travel reflections were selected five years in a row, 2008-2012, and again in 2016, for inclusion in The Best Travel Writing. He is the author of two books of short fiction, A Modern Way to Die (1991) and Footprints in Wet Cement (forthcoming 2017), the plays The Tattooed Man Tells All (2000) and Burning Words (2006), and the travel memoir Ghost Dance in Berlin: A Rhapsody in Gray (2013), and the novel Cold Earth Wanderers (2014). Wortsman’s numerous translations from the German include Telegrams of the Soul: Selected Prose of Peter Altenberg, Travel Pictures by Heinrich Heine, Posthumous Papers of a Living Author by Robert Musil, Peter Schlemiel, The Man Who Sold His Shadow by Adelbert von Chamisso, and Selected Prose of Heinrich von Kleist, many of which are published by Archipelago Books. He edited and translated an anthology, Tales of the German Imagination: From the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann, from Penguin Classics. He works as a medical and travel journalist.

Tess Lewis translations from French and German include works by Maja Haderlap, Peter Handke, Alois Hotschnig, Melinda Nadj Abonji, Philippe Jaccottet, and the painter Anselm Kiefer. Her recent awards include a Max Geilinger Award, the Austrian Cultural Forum NY Translation Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.  She also serves as an Advisory Editor for The Hudson Review and writes essays on European literature for a number of journals and newspapers including The New Criterion, The Hudson Review, World Literature Today, The American Scholar, and Bookforum.

Copies of Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka will be sold by Archipelago Books at the event.

Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to [email protected] As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat. Thank you!

“Konundrum: Selected Prose of Franz Kafka” is presented in collaboration with Archipelago Books.

Expanding Universes… International Writing Conference – Poland

Expanding Universes… International Writing Conference – Poland

We’re all surrounded with fictional worlds – be it from movies, books, video games. . . The purpose of the “Expanding Universes. Exploring Transmedial & Transfictional Ways of WorldBuilding” international conference is to immerse attendees in the idea of these worlds and the processes that go into building them. “We all engage in a plethora of ways of world-making, and what transmedial narratology needs nowadays to do, is to analyze these storyworlds in their variety without imposing any paradigmatic world-building model for creators to follow”

Gothenburg Book Fair – Sweden

Gothenburg Book Fair – Sweden

“The four days of the Book Fair are filled with literary events, poetry readings and discussions and debates on almost every conceivable topic. Writers, scholars, Nobel Laureates, politicians and thinkers from around the world appear in readings, talks and high profile debates.”

In these turbulent times when Europe’s borders are on top of the political agenda, EUNIC – a platform for European cultural institutes and embassies in Sweden – arranges a transnational program that creates dialogue and builds cultural bridges. In five seminars at the Göteborg Book Fair writers from all over Europe will talk about migration, freedom of expression, language, literature and other topics. Elena Medel, Eugène, Igiaba Scego, Joanna Bator and Abbas Khider are some of the writers participating.

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