Worldwide Reading for the dead of the pandemic on September 5th 2021

The international literature festival berlin [ilb] calls on individuals, schools, universities, cultural institutions and media to participate in a Worldwide Reading for the Dead of the Corona Pandemic on September 5, 2021. The reading is intended to commemorate those who died in the pandemic.


CALL

The international literature festival berlin [ilb] calls on individuals, schools, universities, cultural institutions and media to participate in a Worldwide Reading for the Dead of the Corona Pandemic on September 5, 2021. The reading is intended to commemorate those who died in the pandemic.

For more than a year, the world has been in the grip of the pandemic. Nearly three million people worldwide have died from Covid-19. Not a day goes by when we are not confronted with statistics and curves on current deaths and illnesses. Yet, it often remains abstract numbers. The individual person and the individual stories behind them are hardly present in the public perception. Illness, death and grief have become largely invisible due to precautionary measures. Many people die alone, behind closed doors, and are buried in small circles. In many cases, there is no way for relatives and friends to say goodbye - and if they do, it is at a distance or in a digital setting. 

Literature has the potential to give expression to this situation, to counter isolation at least through reception. It finds narratives away from the everyday images of horror, tells of loss from different perspectives, and helps to make the incomprehensible tangible, the intangible comprehensible.

Readings can take place anywhere, including privately in a small circle, in a school, in a cultural institution or on the radio. People who would like to participate with a reading on September 5, 2021 are asked to send us the following information: Organizers*, venue, time, participating actors, event language, link to your website if applicable. The email address is: worldwidereading@literaturfestival.com. The ilb will soon publish all texts for the reading in various languages on the website www.literaturfestival.com and announce the events there and on social media.


SIGNATORIES

Argentina Edgardo Cozarinsky I Alberto Manguel I Pola Oloixarac I Patricio Pron I Eduardo Sguiglia Australia John Mateer I Charlotte Wood Austria Martin Amanshauser I Dietlind Antretter Belgium Willem Roggeman Bosnia-Herzegovina Naida Mujkić I Stipe Odak I Mirza Okić I PEN International – Bosnian-Herzegovina Centre Brazil Ricardo Azevedo I J. P. Cuenca I Milton Hatoum Bulgaria Georgi Gospodinov Canada Greg Gatenby I Iain Lawrence I Maison de la littérature Chile Carmen Berenguer I Carlos Labbé China Liao Yiwu I Tienchi Liao-Martin Colombia Juan Carlos Céspedes I Laura Restrepo Croatia Ivana Sajko Cuba Nancy Morejón Czech Republic Radka Denemarková Denmark Jonas Eika I Pia Tafdrup Domenican Republic Luisa A. Vicioso Sánchez France Shumona Sinha I Julia Billet Germany Gabriele von Arnim I Matt Aufderhorst I Carmen Francesca Banciu I Manfred Bissinger I Tanja Dückers I European Writers’ Council I Alban Nikolai Herbst I Jeanette Hofmann I Rolf Hosfeld I Helena Janeczek I Reinhard Kleist I Christoph Leisten I Jenny Schon I Tina Stroheker I Stephan Thome I Peter Wawerzinek I Stefan Ludmilla Wiessner Greece Yiorgos Chouliaras I Christos Chrissopoulos I Amanda Michalopoulou Hungary Zsofia Ban I György Dragomán I George Szirtes Iceland Steinunn Sigurðardóttir I Sjón India Mita Kapur I Aju Mukhopadhyay I Perumal Murugan I Koyamparambath Satchidanandan I Shashi Tharoor Indonesia Afrizal Malna Iran Amir Cheheltan I Mehdi Mozaffari Israel Etgar Keret Italy Stefania Battistella I Beppe Costa I Dacia Maraini I Antonio Della Rocca Japan Tajima Shinji Lebanon Iman Humaidan Luxemburg Pierre Joris Macedonia Nikola Madzirov Mexico Homero Aridjis I Coral Bracho I Alberto Ruy Sánchez Nicaragua Gioconda Belli Nigeria Ayo Ayoola-Amale North Ireland Danny Morrison North Macedonia Lidija Dimkovska Norway Eugene Schoulgin Pakistan Ahmed Rashid Philippines Merlie Alunan Portugal João Rasteiro I Catarina Sobral Puerto Rico Mayra del Pilar Romania Magda Carneci I Mircea Cartarescu Russia Victor Erofeev I Alisa Ganieva Saudi Arabia Ahmed Al Mulla Sierra Leone Kadija George Slovenia Stanka Hrastelj South Korea Moon Chung-hee I Ko Un Spain Rámon Trigo I Manuel Vilas Sudan Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin Switzerland Franz Hohler I Peter Stamm Syria Ghayath Almadhoun I Nouri Jarah I Hala Mohammad I Widad Nabi The Netherlands Anneke Brassinga I Adriaan van Dis Turkey Fatma Zeynep Aygen UK Chloe Aridjis I John Burnside I Priya Basil I Flora Drew I Neil Gaiman I Jemma King I Philippe Sands I Nicholas Shakespeare Ukraine Boris Chersonskij I Vasyl Machno I Jurko Prochasko United Arab Emirates Nujoom Al-Ghanem USA Mason Alane I Shane Anderson I Charles Bernstein I Judith Butler I Daniel Everett I Tope Folarin I Forrest Gander I JoeAnn Hart I John Henderson I Edward Hirsch I Jack Hirschman I Hilde Susan Jaegtnes I Sheila Kohler I Meg Rosoff I Sapphire I Beowulf Sheehan I Eliot Weinberger I Lila Azam Zanganeh Venezuela Alberto Barrera Vietnam Anna Moï