Most of the time you don’t notice them, also not when you’re leaving on another trip, even though you damn well know they’re there. They too are on the move.
Migration, Identity and the Literary Imagination/ Migration, Identität und die literarische Imagination
“We are all migrants… Writers are migrants.” This is how the Scottish writer Alison Louise Kennedy ended her opening remarks at the seventh annual European Literature Days Festival in Spitz, Austria. ...
Exile as the inexhaustible creative source/ Das Exil als unerschöpfliche kreative Quelle/ المنفى كمكان لا ينضب للإبداع نجم والي
At all times creative individuals have experienced the hard way that wherever power dominates there is also the force of exile. This dates back as far as Adam and Eve.
Acceptance speech for the award of the Heinrich Böll Prize 2015.
“Leave the place that is not good for you. Those who are leaving are right to do so. And they will regret it, just like those who are staying.” (Endre Kukorelly)
“Did you go to the Salon du livre in Paris this year?” This is a question I posed in passing to a number of Arab writers who live in Paris and write in their mother tongue. The answer given by most ...
Exile and the burden of home on us/ Das Exil und die Last der Heimat auf uns/ المنفى ووطأة الأوطان فينا نجم والي
It is right, of course, that many writers and artists are ‘geographically’ in exile. Yet in my view, back ‘home’ they had already gone into inner exile since they became aware of the pain in the ...
Finally, I would like to speculate on three (almost) non-polemical (non-partisan) thoughts:
Can a ‘wrong’ Austrian produce ‘right’ Austrian literature? I haven’t escaped this question so far. It seems to be a genuine ‘questionable case’ (Fragefalle), or a ‘trap’ question (Fallenfrage).
On 5 July the following article appeared in all German-speaking newspapers: