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Internationellt författarsamtal: Laimonas Briedis, ”Vilnius – City of Strangers”

8 juni | 18:00 20:00

Plats: Göteborgs Litteraturhus, Lagerhuset, Heurlins plats 1B

Den litauiske författaren Laimonas Briedis samtalar om sin bok ”Vilnius: City of Strangers” med Göteborgs Litteraturhus programansvariga Olav Fumarola Unsgaard. Om staden Vilnius som en korsväg mellan det judiska, litauiska, polska och belarusiska Europa. Samtalet sker på engelska och är ett samarbete mellan Judiska salongen och Göteborgs Litteraturhus.

Fri entré, ingen föranmälan. Samtalet sker på engelska. Boken kommer finnas till försäljning.

Dörrarna öppnar 18.00, samtalet börjar 18.30. Förfriskningar.

Med stöd av Litauens Kulturattaché i Sverige, Finland och Danmark, Litauens Kulturinstitut i Vilnius, Kulturrådet, Göteborgs stad och Katz Judiska Kulturfond.

Välkomna!

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In English

No entrance fee

The talk will be in English. Questions can be asked in English, Swedish and Lithuanian.

Doors open 18.00, the talk will begin at 18.30

Snacks and refreshments will be served. The book Vilnius: City of Strangers will be available for purchase.

About ”Vilnius: City of Strangers” and the author Laimonas Briedis:

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is a UNESCO City of Literature, known for its multilingual writing tradition and printing culture. Founded in 1323, Vilnius is also a place where familiar aspects of European history and literature take an uncommon turn, giving the city a unique voice of its own. Marked by linguistic pluralism, cultural variations, territorial changes and human losses, the city nonetheless emerges as a vast memory palace of Jewish, Lithuanian, Polish and Belorussian life. Writing of Vilnius, then, is always finding your way into the soulscape of the other. ”Vilnius: City of Strangers” is a story of the city placed within unexplored and imaginary maps of Europe. Reviewed by The Economist as being a ‘subtle and evocative book,’ where ‘vanished civilizations and lost empires leave a city stalked by horror and steeped in wonder,’ it has been translated into several languages, including Lithuanian, German, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese (Brazil). With each rendition, the book acquires a new chapter on the history of Vilnius as every translation takes the narrative of the place into a diffferent memory direction.

Laimonas Briedis is a writer and scholar of history, literature and the geographical imagination of Lithuania. A native of Vilnius, he has lived for most of his adult life in Vancouver (Canada) where he completed a doctoral degree in cultural geography at the University of British Columbia. He is also the author of Poetic Cartography: Bobrowski, Miłosz, Sutzkever, which explores the experience and narrative of wartime Vilnius from the biographical perspective of the three – German, Polish and Yiddish – poets. He is currently working on the book about Vilnius as a map of global narrative connections, while at the same time representing Vilnius as the official international cultural ambassador of the city during it’s seven hundred years anniversary. Laimonas has made appearances in numerous literary events, including the Jerusalem, London, Warsaw, Vilnius, Frankfurt, Leipzig and Gothenburg book fairs, Worlds Literary Symposium in Norwich, EU-China Literary Festival, and has served on the International Competition Jury of the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival.

This event is presented with the support of the Lithuanian Cultural Attaché in Sweden, Finland and Denmark, supported by the Lithuanian Culture Institute.

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