Worldwide Reading of Ukrainian Literature

The international literature festival berlin [ilb], in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair and the German PEN Centre, calls on cinemas, schools, universities, media, cultural institutions and individuals to participate in a worldwide reading of Ukrainian literature on September 7, 2022.

On the occasion of the war in Ukraine and its devastating effects, we would like to shine a light on Ukrainian literature through the Worldwide Reading, to highlight its content and stylistic facets, and to give Ukrainian authors an international forum. Even in times of distress, literature can and must function as a medium of criticism, can try to find words and linguistic forms for the unspeakable. At the same time, the readings will focus not only on current works, but also on historical ones.

Readings can be made from specially selected texts as well as from the proposals of the ilb. So far we are thinking of these authors: Jurij Andruchowytsch, Serhij Zhadan, Boris Chersonskij, Ilya Kaminski, Oksana Sabuschko, Andrei Kurkov, Taras Prochasko, Andrij Ljubka, Natalia Belchenko, Kateryna Kalytko, Luba Jakymchuk, Marjana Kijanovska, Iya Kiva, Halyna Kruk, Irina Shuvalova, Ostap Slyvynsy, Iwan Kotljarewskyj and Taras Schewtschenko.

Institutions and individuals who would like to participate with a specially organized reading are asked to send us the following information by July 1, 2022: Names of organizers, venue, time, participating actors, event language, link to your website if applicable. The email address is: worldwidereading@literaturfestival.com. The ilb will announce the events on the website, press and social media. The organizers must acquire the rights to the texts themselves from the publishers or authors – we are happy to provide support in this matter.

 

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Pallavi Aiyar, India/ Japan
Zaia Alexander, Germany/ USA
Ghayath Almadhoun, Palestine/ Sweden
Steven Appleby, UK
Homero Aridjis, Mexico
Ayo Ayoola-Amale, Nigeria
Ricardo Azevedo, Brazil
Tomica Bajsić, Croatia
Carmen Francesca Banciu, Romania/ Germany
Jürgen Banscherus, Germany
Charles Bernstein, USA
Vanni Bianconi, Italy
Marica Bodrožić, Germany/ Croatia
Carmen Boullosa, Mexico
Anneke Brassinga, Netherlands
Narisa Chakrabongse, Thailand
Dipesh  Chakrabarty, India
Raquel Chalfi, Israel
Amir Hassan Cheheltan, Iran
Boris Chersonskij, Ukraine
Christos Chrissopoulos, Greece
Moon chung -hee, South Korea
Jennifer Clement, USA
Bernard Comment, Switzerland
Jacek Dehnel, Poland
Antonio Della Rocca, Italy
Eugene Demenok,
Imtiaz Dharker, Pakistan/ Scottland
Liane Dirks, Germany
Elvira Dones, Albania
Ariel Dorfman, Argentina
Rita Dove, USA
Tanja Dückers, Germany
Jennifer Egan, USA
Patricia Falkenburg, Germany
Maria José Ferrada, Chile
Catalin Dorian Florescu, Switzerland
Tope Folarin, Nigeria/ USA
Carolyn Forché, USA
Stella Gaitano, South Sudan
Forrest Gander, USA
Alissa Ganijewa, Russia
Sylvia Geist, Germany
Jochen Greve, Germany
Harald Gröhler, Germany
Xiaolu Guo, China
Helon Habila, Nigeria
Jon Halliday, UK
Dörte Hansen, Germany
JoeAnn Hart, USA
Robet L. Hass, USA
Bashshar Haydar, Lebanon
Elke Heinemann, Germany
Alban Nikolai Herbst, Germany
Malte Herwig, Germany
Stanka Hrastelj, Slovenia
Birgitta Jonsdottir, Iceland
Lídia Jorge, Portugal
Pierre Joris, Luxembourg
Manju Kapur, India
Archil Kikodze, Georgia
Alexandra Kleeman, USA
Reinhard Kleist, Germany
Benjamin Klimaschewski-Sadler Germany
Jan Koneffke, Germany
Joseph Kruse, Germany
Yang Lian, China/ UK
Bei Ling, China
Nikola Madzirov, Northmacedonia
Alberto Manguel, Argentina
Émile Martel, Canada
Tienchi Martin-Liao, China/ Germany
Myroslav Marynovych, Ukraine
Jochen Missfeldt, Germany
Hala Mohammad, Syria
Anna Moï, Vietnam
Nancy Morejón, Cuba
Aju Mukhopadhyay, India
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Ralf Nestmeyer, Germany
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Michael Ondaatje, Canada
Anna Onichimowska, Poland
Franz Maria Orhandl, Austria
Albert Ostermaier, Germany
Ruth Padel, UK
Pieta Poeta, Brazil
Marko Pogačar, Croatia
Johanna Polley, Germany
Paul B. Preciado, Spain
Patricio Pron, Argentina
Ahmed Rashid, Pakistan
Dominik Riedo, Switzerland
Moritz Rinke, Germany
Katja Röder, Germany
Jan Röhnert, Germany
Gabriel Rosenstock, Ireland
Uli Rothfuss, Germany
Raza Rumi, Pakistan
Christoph Rüter, Germany
Boualem Sansal, Algeria
John Ralston Saul, Canada
Erich Schmidt-Eenboom, Germany
Birte Carolin Sebastian, Germany
Zafer Şenocak, Turkey/ Germany
Eduardo Sguiglia, Argentina
Samuel Shimon, Irak
Tajima Shinji, Japan
Mikhail Shishkin, Russia/ Switzerland
Shumona Sinha, France/India
Peter Sís, Czech Republic/ USA
Alawiya Soboh, Lebanon
Catarina Sobral, Portugal
Tzveta Sofronieva, Bulgarien/Deutschland
Ralf Sotscheck, Germany
Wole Soyinka, Nigeria
Tilman Spengler, Germany
Peter Stamm, Switzerland
Stephanos Stephanides, Cyprus
Rick Stroud, USA/ UK
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Stephan Thome, Germany
Annika Thor, Sweden
Colm Tóibín, Ireland
Christian Tomuschat, Germany
Fariba Vafi, Iran
Stefaan van den Bremt, Belgium
Tomas Venclova, Lithuania
Friedrich von Manteuffel, Germany
Varujan Vosganian, Romania
Jan Wagner, Germany
Irvine Welsh, Scottland
Herbert Wiesner, Germany
Liao Yiwu, China
Lila Azam Zanganeh, France/ USA
Slavoj Žižek, Slovenia
Danish PEN, Denmark
German Writers Union, Germany
Kritya Poetry Movement, India
Poetry at Sangam, India