One is a CROWD – Artur Becker

Literature as a European Mothertongue: In our series “One is a CROWD”, we introduce you to authors from all over Europe who will be involved in the CROWD omnibus reading tour, taking place from May to July 2016, featuring 100 authors travelling through 15 European countries. We asked them three questions based on text production, reception and mediation. In case you always wanted to know how a literary activist in Verden looks like, meet Artur Becker!

“To give a text an Author is to impose a limit on that text, to furnish it with a final signified, to close the writing” ( Roland Barthes) – Do you see yourself as an author and do you agree with this?

The order is: an idea, the author who writes it down, and then facilitates, and then there’s disappointment, and then again a new idea in order to make the text better. A snake-work …

Reading is writing is reading is writing … – why, and if, how?

No, reading is discovering, writing is work!

Have you ever participated in collaborative author/reader projects? And if so, what do you find interesting about it?

Seldom … I need my rest, but I like anthologies …

Which literary event did fascinate you most and why? (Please give a link to the website of the event)

Hm, difficult question, maybe this: “I Will Unveil Myself”- an Interview with Czesław Miłosz in beautiful PolishEnglish, a great Poet!


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