ilbDIGITAL 2021

The digital program is available free of charge.


Live streamed events


08 09 21 – mi – wed

18.00

OPENING 21ST ILB

French-Moroccan author Leїla Slimani will deliver the opening address of the 21st ilb, titled »Call for Crime«.

Music: Masha Qrella. Introduction: Barabra Wahlster. Greetings: Dr. Klaus Lederer, Ulrich Schreiber

Languages: German, English [simultaneous interpreting]

 

20.30

LEÏLA SLIMANI MAROCCO/ F: THE COUNTRY OF OTHERS

Leïla Slimani tells of the challenges of a post-World War II French-Moroccan marriage in »The Country of Others«.

Moderation: Olivier Guez. Speaker: Marie Löcker

Languages: German, French

 

20.30

NIALL FERGUSON GB/ USA: DOOM: THE POLITICS OF CATASTROPHE

In his new book, »Doom«, historian Niall Ferguson asks what we can learn from past major disasters for the future.

Moderation: Jörg Thadeusz

Language: English

 

09 09 21 – thu

18.00

VIKTOR JEROFEJEW RUSSIA: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE RUSSIAN SOUL

In his essay »Encyclopedia of the Russian Soul«, Viktor Jerofejew critically examines the traditions of his country.

Moderation: Elisabeth Ruge. Speaker: Friedhelm Ptok

Language: English

 

18.00

IDENTITY POLITICS AND WOKENESS — TOTALITARIANISM OF THE ›LEFT‹?

CANCEL CULTURE AND WOKENESS / LECTURE AND TALK WITH JOHN MCWHORTER USA

Linguist and publicist John McWhorter talks about the phenomena of cancel culture and wokeness, followed by a discussion.

Moderation: Matthew Karnitschnig

Language: English

 

19.30

IDENTITY POLITICS AND WOKENESS — TOTALITARIANISM OF THE ›LEFT‹?

CANCEL CULTURE — THE BUZZWORD OF THE MOMENT

Writer Olivier Guez F, linguist John McWhorter USA, and journalist Nesrine Malik SUDAN/ GB discuss cancel culture in the arts and culture.

Moderation: Matthew Karnitschnig

Language: English

 

21.00

IDENTITY POLITICS AND WOKENESS — TOTALITARIANISM OF THE ›LEFT‹?

PASCAL BRUCKNER F: AN IMAGINARY RACISM: ISLAMOPHOBIA AND GUILT

Is criticism of Islam racist? Pascal Bruckner promotes criticism of religion in the spirit of the Enlightenment.

Moderation: Thierry Chervel

Language: French, German

 

10 09 21 – fri

16.30

FUTURE PROSPECTS OF AFGHANISTAN

In conversation, Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid and Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), discuss possibilities for Afghanistan's future.

Moderation: Susanne Schmeidl

Language: English

 

18.00

THE ART OF SCRIPTWRITING

Writer Aleksandar Hemon BA/ USA, director Lana Wachowski USA/ D, and screenwriter David Mitchell GB/IRL  talk about writing for cinema, using »Matrix 4« as an example.

Moderation: Knut Elstermann

Language: English

 

11 09 21 – sat

18.00

MELANIE BRINKMANN D: PANDEMIC AND COMMUNICATION

Virologist Melanie Brinkmann looks at communication during the pandemic between science, politics and society in her lecture followed by a discussion. 

Moderation: Jörg Thadeusz

Language: German

 

19.30

JOHN BANVILLE IRL: THE ART OF WRITING

John Banville, who rose to international fame with the novel »The Sea«, gives insight into his writing.

Moderation: Denis Scheck. Speaker: Ulrich Matthes

Language: English

 

19.30

TAYARI JONES USA: LEAVING ATLANTA

»Leaving Atlanta« by Tayari Jones tells of the 1979 Atlanta child murders from the perspective of three fifth graders.

Moderation: Priya Basil. Speaker: Katja Hutko

Language: English

 

21.00

OLGA RAVN DK: THE EMPLOYEES

With her International Booker Prize-nominated science fiction satire »De ansatte« [The Employees], Olga Ravn takes aim at late-capitalist corporate language.

Moderation: Toby Ashraf.  Speaker: Katja Hutko

Language: English

 

12 09 21 – sun

18.00

ALEKSANDAR HEMON BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA/ USA: MY PARENTS

Aleksandar Hemon’s memoir, »My Parents«, sheds light on his family’s relocation to Canada during the Bosnian War.

Moderation: Bernhard Robben. Speaker: Frank Arnold

Language: English

 

19.30

ETGAR KERET ISRAEL: STORIES ABOUT STORIES

In his short stories, Etgar Keret tells about love and suffering and the failure to face reality.

Moderation: Aida Baghernejad

Language: English

 

21.00

ANA LUÍSA AMARAL P: WHAT’S IN A NAME

In her linguistically lucid poems, Ana Luísa Amaral traces the fleetingness of life and the everyday.

Moderation: Ricardo Domeneck. Speaker: Imogen Kogge

Language: English

 

13 09 21 – mon

18.00

NADIFA MOHAMED SOMALIA/ GB: THE FORTUNE MEN

In »The Fortune Men«, Nadifa Mohamed tells the true story of a Somali man innocently executed in Cardiff in 1952.

Moderation: Thomas Meaney

Language: English

 

18.00

Sociologist Steffen Mau discusses his current research on the topic of borders with writer Nora Bossong.
In cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence Contestations of the Liberal Script - SCRIPTS and C.H. Beck Verlag.

Moderation: Yara Hoffmann

Sprache: German

 

19.30

MAAZA MENGISTE ETHIOPIA/ USA: THE SHADOW KING

In her multi-faceted novel »The Shadow King«, Maaza Mengiste tells of Ethiopia during the Italian invasion.

Moderation: Priya Basil. Speaker: Justine del Corte

Language: English

 

ALAIN DAMASIO: LES FURTIFS

Alain Damasio’s dark dystopia tells of capitalism in its final stages. »A true masterpiece.« [France Inter]

Event language(s): French/ German

 

21.00

C PAM ZHANG CHINA/ USA: HOW MUCH OF THESE HILLS IS GOLD

Inspired by her own childhood experiences, C Pam Zhang writes of the search for home and identity in her debut novel »How Much of These Hills Is Gold«.

Moderation: Toby Ashraf. Speaker: Hêvîn Tekin

Language: English

 

14 09 21 – tue

18.00

ARNON GRÜNBERG NL/ USA: BEZETTE GEBIEDEN

In »Bezette Gebieden» [tr: Occupied Territories] by Arnon Grünberg, psychiatrist Otto Kadoke travels to the West Bank, where he falls in love with an Orthodox Jewish woman.

Moderation: Shelly Kupferberg

Language: German

 

19.30

WORDS OF LOVE AND HATE: MISOGYNY VS. FEMALE EMPOWERMENT

LINDA SCOTT USA: THE DOUBLE X ECONOMY

Linda Scott analyzes the role of women in the global economy in »The Double X Economy«.

Moderation: Eliza Apperly. Speaker: Hildegard Schmahl

Language: German, English

 

19.30

RETROSPECTIVE: MIKLÓS MÉSZÖLY. WITH PÉTER NÁDAS HUNGARY

Writer Péter Nádas talks about the legacy of Miklós Mészöly (1921-2001) who is considered to be the »father of Hungarian contemporary literature«.

Moderation: Gregor Dotzauer. Speaker: Matthias Scherwenikas

Language: German

 

15 09 21 – wed

16.30

SCIENCE YEAR ― VISIONS OF BIOECONOMY 2021

COUNTRY FOCUS ON BRAZIL

Gabriel Bianconi Fernandes, Linda Poppe, and Charles Trocate discuss the consequences of rainforest deforestation and the cultivation of monocultures in Brazil.

Moderation: Renata Motta

Languages: Portuguese, German

 

18.00

HELGA SCHUBERT D:

VOM AUFSTEHEN — EIN LEBEN IN GESCHICHTEN

In her short prose volume »Vom Aufstehen«, Helga Schubert recounts her eventful life in thirty artfully crafted meditations.

Moderation: Gabriele von Arnim

Language: German

 

19.30

IJOMA MANGOLD D: THE ART OF WRITING

Journalist and author Ijoma Mangold talks about his own writing.

Moderation: Hannah Lühmann

Language: German

 

19.30

JAVIER CERCAS E: TERRA ALTA

Javier Cercas’ »Terra Alta« is a gripping novel about the shadows of the past and the desire for justice.

Moderation: Hernán Caro. Speaker: Friedhelm Ptok

Language: Spanish, German

 

21.00

NANA OFORIATTA AYIM D/ GHANA: THE GOD CHILD

Nana Oforiatta Ayim’s poetic debut, »The God Child«, is an account of world-literature calibre about life between two cultures.

Moderation: Charlotte Milsch. Speaker: Justine del Corte

Language: German

 

21.00

FERNANDA MELCHOR MEXICO: PÁRADAIS

In a society marked by violence and machismo, Fernanda Melchor describes the clash between two teenage outsiders in »Páradais«.

Moderation: Florian Borchmeyer

Languages: Spanish, German

 

16 09 21 – thu

20.00

JENNY ERPENBECK D: KAIROS

In »Kairos«, Jenny Erpenbeck tells the story of Hans and Katharina: He is 50, she 19, when their affair begins in East Berlin in the late 1980s.

Moderation: Knut Elstermann

Language: German

 

17 09 21 – fri

18.00

ECHO. ECHO. INDIGENOUS VOICES

LOUISE ERDRICH USA: THE NIGHT WATCHMAN

In her new novel, »The Night Watchman«, Louise Erdrich tells of the indigenous struggle against the overwhelming power of the state.

Moderation: Sally-Charell Delin. Speaker: Lena Stolze

Language: English

 

19.30

OTTESSA MOSHFEGH USA: DEATH IN HER HANDS

On a walk, Vesta Guhl, the widow of a professor, finds a note that includes some lines about the murder of a woman named Magda. Vesta tries to investigate.

Moderation: Toby Ashraf. Speaker: Katha Hutko

Language: English

 

19.30

MORITZ RINKE D: DER LÄNGSTE TAG IM LEBEN DES PEDRO FERNÁNDEZ GARCÍA

Moritz Rinke’s novel »Der längste Tag im Leben des Pedro Fernández García« [tr: The Longest Day in the Life of Pedro Fernández García] follows a letter carrier on Lanzarote fighting for his son.

Moderation: Sally-Charell Delin

Language: German

 

21.00

SANDRO VERONESI I: THE HUMMINGBIRD

»The Hummingbird« by Sandro Veronesi is a tragicomic, psychologically sophisticated family novel centered around the ophthalmologist Marco Carrera.

Moderation: Maike Albath. Speaker: Frank Arnold

Languages: Italian, German

 

21.00

ECHO. ECHO. INDIGENOUS VOICES

WITH HINEMOANA BAKER NEW ZEALAND/ D, DANIELA CATRILEO CHILE, BILLY-RAY BELCOURT CANADA, NATALIE DIAZ USA, PERGENTINO JOSÉ MEXICO

At the poetry night, five poets will present their work.

Moderation: Karolina Golimowska. Speakers: Nina West, Sven Philipp

Languages: diverse

 

18 09 21 – sat

18.00

GEERT MAK NL: GREAT EXPECTATIONS

In his latest contemporary history, »Great Expectations«, Gert Mak explores a continent stretched to its breaking point: Europe.

Moderation: Barbara Wahlster

Language: German

 

19.30

ANNE WEBER D/ F: THE ART OF WRITING

Anne Weber, winner of the 2020 German Book Prize for »Annette – ein Heldinnenepos«, offers insights into her literary work.

Moderation: Maike Albath

Language: German

 

21.00

JALAL BARJAS JORDAN: NOTEBOOKS OF THE BOOKSELLER

Jalal Barjas describes a world of poverty, homelessness, and displacement in his novel »Notebooks of the Bookseller«, which was honoured with the 2021 Arab Booker Prize.

Moderation: Stefan Weidner. Speaker: Roland Schäfer

Language: Arabic, German

 

Pre-recordings

 

WORLDWIDE READING FOR THE DEAD OF THE CORONA PANDEMIC ON 5 SEPTEMBER 2021

The international literature festival berlin [ilb] has called on participation in a Worldwide Reading for the Dead of the Corona Pandemic on 5 September 2021. Over 50 individuals and international institutions have responded to the call and organized a reading each for that day. In addition, the ilb has invited 46 international writers and artists to commemorate those who died in the pandemic through short stories, poems and statements in a virtual reading.

Language: English

 

THE POET OF FILM. GEORG STEFAN TROLLER A/ F IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER STEPHAN JUNGK A/ USA/ F

Peter Stephan Jungk and Georg Stefan Troller discuss the latter’s impressive life and career as one of the great documentary filmmakers and writers of the German-speaking world.

Presentation: Peter Stephan Jungk

Language: German

 

“I MOSTLY WRITE ABOUT MYSELF”: GEORGES-ARTHUR GOLDSCHMIDT D/F IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER STEPHAN JUNGK A/F/USA

The eminent writer, essayist, and translator Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt, who had to flee from Nazi Germany as a child, talks about his life’s work and exile.

Moderation: Peter Stephan Jungk

Language: German

 

SCIENCE YEAR ― VISIONS OF BIOECONOMY 2021

HIROKO OYAMADA JAPAN: ON ABSURD WORK STRUCTURES AND MYSTERIOUS COUNTRY LIFE

Author Hiroko Oyamda discusses why working in a factory can be inspiring, why everything is not always logical, and why nature sometimes behaves strangely.

Moderation: Katharina Borchardt. Speaker: Matthias Scherwenikas

Language: Japanese, German

 

PETER STEPHAN JUNGK A/ USA/ F: MARKTGEFLÜSTER

In »Marktgeflüster« [tr: Market Whispers], Peter Stephan Jungk pays homage to the Marché d'Aligre in Paris and its merchants.

Moderation: Arno Widmann

Language: German

 

SUSIN NIELSEN CANADA: NO FIXED ADDRESS

In Susin Nielsen’s »No Fixed Address«, Felix, who lives in a bus with his depressed mother Astrid, has a bold plan to quickly get a roof over his head again.

Moderation: Philip Geisler

Language: English

 

ALLAN STRATTON CANADA: THE DOGS

In Allan Stratton’s novel about family violence, emotional helplessness, and bullying, Cameron moves into an old farmhouse with his mother while on the run from the abusive father.

Moderation: Ada Bieber

Language: English

 

NANCY VO CANADA: THE RANGER

Nancy Vo's collage-like picture books tell of criminals, strangers, and an unlikely friendship between a ranger and a fox.

Moderation: Philip Geisler

Language: English

 

LESEFÜCHSE INTERNATIONAL — FINAL

In the final of the debate competition »Lesefüchse International«, students of German from ten different countries discuss four German young adult books.

Moderation: Birte Hendricks

Language: German