29 September 2016

Odessa International Literature Festival

Perspectives
LIVING BY THE WATER

Cities built by the sea and on riverbanks are shaped by a unique cultural and architectural heritage. Proximity to water represents a connection to other continents and cosmopolitanism. As part of the international literature festival odessa, urban planners, architects, and writers will explore what makes living close to the sea so unique and how it influences their work.

18:30 ODESSA REGIONAL SCIENCE LIBRARY M. GRUSHEVSKY 

LIVING BY THE WATER I
INÉS GARLAND, ARGENTINA, LAKSMI PAMUNTJAK, INDONESIA, and AMANDA MICHALOPOULOU, GREECE
Moderator: IWAN KOZLENKO

In English

Cities built by the water suggest safe havens, and ties to other countries. Sometimes they even have beaches, and provide access to riparian and industrial zones. As part of the project »Perspectives«, authors, architects and city planners convene to discuss the future of cities by the water. In "Living by the Water I" writers discuss how the sea influences their lives and where they live, and what makes these places so unique.

20:00 TERMINAL 42

THE ROLE OF UKRAINIAN LITERATURE IN A EUROPEAN CONTEXT
TANJA MALJARTSCHUK, UKRAINE/ AUSTRIA and BORIS KHERSONSKY, UKRAINE
Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO

The author and journalist Tanja Maljartschuk and the poet Boris Khersonsky discuss whether Ukraine as a young independent nation has its own cultural identity, focusing on the history and potential of Ukrainian literature, and examine the country’s past and present more closely.

21:00  TERMINAL 42

POETRY NIGHT I
BORIS KHERSONSKY, UKRAINE, ILYA KAMINSKY, USA, RAPHAEL URWEIDER, SWITZERLAND, ESTHER KINSKY, GERMANY, and NIKOLA MADZIROV, MACEDONIA
Moderator: JURKO PROCHASKO

Ilya Kaminsky, a native of Odessa now living in the United States, considers himself Odessan, nonetheless: »My poems are in the vein of the southern Russian school, the only difference is that they are in English. The poet Boris Khersonsky studied in Odessa and published poems in the 1970s in »Samizdat«. He now primarily writes about the Maidan and the war, and also about Odessa. Raphael Urweider has dedicated his life to words and language. He conquered the world of poetry at a young age, receiving prestigious prizes and enthusiastic reviews in the arts sections of German-language newspapers. The multi-award winning translator and author Esther Kinsky’s poetry and novels formidably describe the frontier districts of Southeastern Europe. Macedonian poet Nikola Madzirov’s poems are about memory, places and non-places, playing with everyday objects and deconstructing their accepted meaning.