Events | The Working Problems of the Writer in Exile: Bachtyar Ali in Dialogue with Texts by Lion Feuchtwanger

Cologne | June 11, 2024 | 7:00 PM (GMT+2)

Lion Feuchtwanger in Sanary sur Mer. Courtesy of Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, USC (Montage, VATMH)

Book presentation and discussion: Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 7 PM
Location: KunstSalon, Brühler Straße 11-13, 50968 Cologne
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Book presentation with Nele Holdack, Marje Schuetze-Coburn, and Michaela Ullmann (editors of "Lion Feuchtwanger: 'Am I a German or a Jewish Writer?'")

Reading of text by Lion Feuchtwanger by Jonas Baeck.

Discussion with the author Bachtyar Ali

Moderated by: Shelly Kupferberg

In 1943, in the midst of the turmoil of World War II, Lion Feuchtwanger delivered a seminal speech at the Writers Congress in Los Angeles titled "The Working Problems of the Writer in Exile". He addressed the profound inner conflicts to the practical difficulties of daily life far from home. Feuchtwanger, who had been living in exile since 1933, the year of his banishment by the Nazi regime, shared his personal experiences and insights. He died in 1958, never having set foot on German soil again. Today, at a time when political unrest and conflicts are forcing people worldwide to flee, the topic of exile is once again becoming highly topical.

In a discussion with the Iraqi-Kurdish writer Bachtyar Ali, who has been living in German exile since the mid-1990s, the complex dimensions of writing and living in exile will be explored against the backdrop of Lion Feuchtwanger's texts, and a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by exiled writers will be gained: How does exile shape the artistic identity and creativity of an author? What role does art play in coping with exile experiences and promoting intercultural understanding? How can exiled writers use their voices to highlight political grievances and effect change? What perspectives and hopes can the experiences and works of Feuchtwanger and Ali offer to today's exiles?

An event collaboration by KunstSalon Köln and Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House.

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