A documentary by Adar Bozbağ
Unfortunately Aslı Erdoğan won’t be able to take part in the event as planned. Instead the documentary „Incomplete Sentences“ by Adar Bozbağ will be shown this evening.
„Incomplete Sentences“ is a feature documentary on Erdoğan’s literature and life story that lead to a life in exile. She left Turkey after being unlawfully detained as a result of current government’s increasing pressure on journalists.
The event aims to explore the allure of lost, destroyed, and vanished cities across different cultures and time periods. It will be an evening filled with evocative literary readings that capture the essence of these forgotten, destroyed, and desecrated areas, transporting the audience to the haunting landscapes of a necropolis. Whether it’s through exile, the aftermath of an earthquake, a lost paradise, or an inferno, the texts delve into the various forms of losing a city, seeking to answer burning questions such as: How do cities persist within the bodies of those in exile? How do cities continue to echo in a Wasteland?
The event will feature a conversation between Aslı Erdoğan and Çağla Arıbal, along with readings from Erdoğan’s book titled THE STONE BUILDING AND OTHER HOUSES, which has been translated into German as REQUIEM FÜR EINE VERLORENE STADT.
(c) Carole Parodi
Aslı Erdoğan is a writer of literature and columnist, human rights defender, ex political prisoner as well as a particle physicist. She is the author of eight books, novels, novellas, collections of poetic prose and essays, translated into more than twenty languages. She was arrested in 2016 for her collaboration with the pro-Kurdish newspaper Özgür Gündem. Aslı Erdoğan has received several prizes in literature and human rights such as Sait Faik Award, Simone de Beauvoir Award, Karl Tucholsky Award, Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize, Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Award, Chevalier des Arts et Lettres among others. Her work has been adapted into theater and acted in Milan, Graz and Avignon, into classical ballet, radio, a short film and finally opera.
Sam Gilchrist Hall obtained his doctorate in English Literature from the University of London in 2015. Currently, he works as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Experimental Humanities at the Central European University, Vienna. He has published widely on Exilliteratur, folly, degeneracy, political theology, and illiberalism. Notable creative works include his novella INSIDE VIRGIL CAINE (Eukalypto: forthcoming), which focuses on displacement, and THE BACHMANN TAPES. Currently, he is working on a collection of short stories, entitled KANTWURST.
Tracy Fuad, born in 1989 in Minneapolis, currently resides in Berlin. Her first poetry collection, ABOUT:BLANK, was selected by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2020 Donald Hall Prize. Her works have been featured in publications such as „The Paris Review,“ „POETRY Magazine,“ and „Yale Review,“ among others, and have been translated into Spanish and Kurdish.
The event is produced and moderated by the writer Çağla Arıbal.