viernes, 13 de julio de 2007

7th international literature festival berlin

Berlín, del 4 al 16 de septiembre

International Stars at the 7th international literature festival berlin. Advance ticket sales have begun.

David Grossman will open this year's festival with his speech "Writing in a Disaster Zone". At over 200 events in 13 days, audiences will have the chance to get to know internationally renowned authors, in addition to discovering new voices from contemporary literature.

Pulitzer Prize-winners Paul Muldoon (GB) and Jorie Graham (USA), celebrated French novelist Jean Rouaud and best-selling Canadian writer Jane Urquhart are among the 22 authors nominated by the Literatures of the World jury.

Writers who will read from their works in the Kaleidoscope section of the festival include Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka (Nigeria/USA), the winner of the 2007 Büchner-Prize, Martin Mosebach (Germany), the author of the best-selling Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk (USA), along with Roberto Saviano (Italy), António Lobo Antunes (Portugal), Isabel Allende (Chile/USA), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru), Aharon Appelfeld (Israel), Wladimir Kaminer (Germany), Elif Shafak (Turkey), Julia Franck (Germany), A.L. Kennedy (GB), Michael Ondaatje (Canada) and Nicholas Shakespeare (GB).

The International Children's and Youth Literature events once again offer exciting readings, workshops and projects for young and adult readers. Kevin Brooks, the popular English author, is one of the many authors who will take part in this section, along with the young best-selling writer Faiza Guène (France), the author and illustrator Nikolaus Heidelbach (Germany), the tingatinga painter John Kilaka (Tansania), the prize-winning children's writer Guus Kuijer (The Netherlands) and the renowned author and translator Mirjam Pressler (Germany).

Audiences will be able to rediscover Chekhov's "A Boring Story" with Peter Stein in Speak, Memory. The actress-singer Jane Birkin will also take part in this section of the festival, reading Serge Gainsbourg's poetry. Works by Julio Cortazar and César Vallejo will also be revisited, and Hanns Zischler will read from Jorge Luis Borges.

Reflections will concentrate on the difficulties faced by Western society in understanding Islamic culture. Ian Buruma (The Netherlands/GB), Fatema Mernissi (Morocco), Azar Nafisi (Iran/USA) and Tariq Ramadan (Switzerland) are among the writers who will be discussing this theme.
The organisation "Mothers of Srebrenica" will present its lawsuit from 4 June 2007, which was filed against the Netherlands and the UN because of their failure to render assistance in the massacre of July 1995.

The Focus of this year's festival is Latin America and has a specific part of the programme dedicated to it. The ilb is especially keen to offer not only established authors but also young writers the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas. Jorge Franco (Colombia), Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru), Carmen Posadas (Uruguay) and Edmundo Paz Soldan (Bolivia) are among the writers who will read at the 7th ilb. A particular highlight of the Focus is a tango evening with a reading by Elsa Osorio, and a Tango-Nuevo concert with Silvana Deluigi (the most important tango interpreter of her generation) and Juan-José Mosalini (a bandoneon virtuoso). A Latin American Film Programme in the Martin-Gropius-Bau will take place on the two weekends prior to the festival.

The songwriter Wolf Biermann will give a concert in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, and artists such as Andy Ninvalle (The Netherlands), Sookee (Germany) and Antoine "Tô" Faure (France) will perform in the International Slam!Revue in the Ballhaus Ost.

In conjunction with the festival, a Worldwide Reading against the Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe will take place in Berlin, as well as in other international settings. The appeal for the reading has been signed by 160 writers from 50 countries, among them John M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Günter Grass, Zakes Mda, Abdourahman Waberi, John Updike, Don DeLillo, Margaret Atwood, Claudio Magris, Asli Erdogan, Alessandro Baricco, Milton Hatoum, Dilip Chitre and André Brink.

The full ilb programme is available at from 1st August and in the festival programme, which will be included in the Berlin tip magazine on 22nd August.

The 7th international literature festival berlin takes place from 4th to 16th September 2007.
The main venue is the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.
Tickets for the events are currently available on: tel. 00 49 30 254 89100 or at or

For further information and enquiries contact the ilb press department at or on tel. 00 49 30 27 87 86 45

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