Max Höfler’s uniqueness

“In the Austrian contemporary literature Höfler’s approach, which one can discribe as „Helge Schneider and Monty Python meet Wittgenstein, Kant and Derrida to taste schnapps“, is in any case unique. Max Höflers „Texas als Texttitel“ is an excellent debut, which is deversified and inventive, criticaly satiric and in part gloriously absurd.”

For the German among you: Read the whole critique of Literaturhaus Wien here!

Is literature only valuable, when it is unique? What makes contemporary literature unique?


Andrea Inglese @SOUNDOUT

„In 2013 he published his book Lettere alla Reinserzione Culturale del Disoccupato (“Letters to the Cultural Reinsertion of the Unemployed”) in Italy. The book consists of 17 letters. The writer of these letters, who is unemployed, directs his words to an indistinctly outlined entity called “Cultural Reinsertion”, whose dubious task is the integration of the unemployed into cultural life.“

Do we need more political themes in contemporary literature?

The poetical and anti-poetical register

“One of the merits of Andrea Inglese,” notes Marco Giovenale, “is that of using at the same time the poetical and anti-poetical register, not by short-circuiting the two or making the conflict, but by showing them as implying each other, connected.”

Andrea Inglese (poet) – Italy – Poetry International

How could it be possible to establish relation between aestetical pertinence and political pertinence?

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Who are you when you are more than one?

(c) Steven Fowler

Where does the world of an author begin, where does it end? Which position did he find in this world?

„It’s becoming clearer with time that I do so many events and projects precisely because, at heart, I believe less than many of my peers in the transformative power of poetry. That isn’t to say I believe poetry isn’t transformative at all, of course I do ascribe it such potential (to me personally, naturally, it is utterly and immensely transformative), but I refuse it the power to go beyond my own personal subjectivity.“

Poetry in the UK Through SJ Fowler

“Quo vadis, Welt aus Sprache?” Abendveranstaltungen am 23. und 24. Januar

Freitag,  23. Januar und Samstag, 24. Januar, 20:00 Uhr,  Eintritt frei
Lettrétage, Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin

Was fasziniert uns an Texten? Wie bringen wir Literatur zum Leuchten? Wann springt der Funke über? Quo vadis, Welt aus Sprache?

Das Netzwerk der freien Literaturszenen Europas CROWD hat spannende, impulsgebende LiteraturaktivistInnen aus Großbritannien, Serbien, Italien, Lettland, Zypern, Finnland, Österreich, Tschechien und Island nach Berlin eingeladen, um sich an zwei Konferenztagen über ihre verschiedenen Ideen von Literatur zu verständigen.

Bei den Abendveranstaltungen werden dem Berliner Publikum Texte zeitgenössischer AutorInnen aus ganz Europa vorgestellt: Ästhetische Faszination und politisches Diskussionspotential machen ein vielgestaltiges Bild europäischer Gegenwartsliteratur greifbar. Texte, die hier und heute in der Echtzeit des Jetzt pulsieren. Texte, die uns zeigen, warum es sich lohnt, Literatur als Gesprächsangebot immer wieder neu zu formulieren.

Es lesen und diskutieren: Lily Michaelides (Zypern), Max Höfler (Österreich), Laura Serkosalo (Finnland), Ana Pejović (Serbien), Ondřej Buddeus (Tschechien), Andrea Inglese (Italien/Frankreich), Valgerdur Thoroddsdottir (Island), Inga Bodnarjuka (Lettland) und Steven Fowler (Großbritannien).

Lesung und Diskussion finden auf Englisch statt.

Oeuvre? What is an oeuvre?

Is one single book already an oeuvre? Or shall we name it an oeuvre only if we refer to an conglomeration of books of the same author? If I sing a song, do I achieve an oeuvre? Or do I at least have to compose it by myself? If the author’s book is the author’s oeuvre, what is the readers oeuvre? Does an oeuvre have to be linear? Is the Bible an oeuvre? The Bible isn’t linear. And it’s not written by the same author.

And what in the hell is the literary activist’s oeuvre consisting of???

Let’s think about the oeuvre of a publisher. For the german speakers among you, we are happy to present Daniela Seel, speaker of the conference and founder of kookbooks, one of the most important poetry publisher in Germany. Daniela Seel: „This is why I do not publish prose anymore. It’s all about marketing. It destroys literature.“

Have a look on Daniela’s ouvre as  a publisher!

CReating Other Ways of Dissemination