Let´s meet

Madeleine Thien & Rawi Hage


Samuel Fischer

„Where are those seekers of dryness, those god-fearing souls fleeing the apocalyptic floods, where are the wetted-carcasses desperate for shelter and ships? I’ve been driving for an hour and not one soul has entered my car.”

Rawi Hage, Carnival

Literatures of the World

The Samuel Fischer Visiting Professorship for Literature was established on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Gerd Mattenklott at the beginning of the summer term 1998. It is funded by S. Fischer publishers, Freie Universität Berlin, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Veranstaltungsforum Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Each semester an author is invited to teach at the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature supervised by Prof. Dr. Claudia Olk. In addition to a seminar at the Freie Universität Berlin public readings and events with the guest professors are organized in Berlin and other German cities.


    13 June 2019, 7 p.m.

    Reading in the Canadian Embassy

    Madeleine Thien und Rawi Hage

    Event in English, free admission, registration required, admission from 6.30 p.m.
    Please allow sufficient time for the security check at the entrance.
    Canadian Embassy, Leipziger Platz 17, 10117 Berlin, Germany

    The Canadian writer Madeleine Thien and the Canadian-Lebanese author Rawi Hage currently hold a joint Samuel Fischer Visiting Professorship at Freie Universität Berlin. With their award-winning works, they are among Canada's best-known authors. Both deal in different ways with the consequences of war, migration, exile, and the search for identity. The question is always to what extent literature can rewrite history. The evening at the Canadian Embassy will be an opportunity to get to know them better.

    Always in poetry.Without fear.Without border!

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