In Cooperation: LIFELINES # 2 Nuruddin Farah: Readings, Discussions, Films, Poetry Slam

Between 02.12.2009 and 04.12.2009, along with important companions past and present, House of World Cultures Berlin in the events series LEBENSLINIEN will trace the most important paths in the life and work of Nuruddin Farah.

He is cosmopolitan, a polyglot, someone who crosses borders: as one of Africa’s most renowned writers, hotly-tipped to win a Nobel Prize for Literature, Nuruddin Farah is in the spotlight of the second installment of the LEBENSLINIEN (life lines) series , which presents the life work of outstanding musicians, visual artists, writers, and filmmakers.

Farah sees himself as a nomadic citizen of the world, who, despite all his cross-border wanderings, keeps the focus of his creativity on his war-torn homeland, Somalia: In his broad and diverse oeuvre, he tells the world stories about Somalia and Somalia stories about the world. With the persuasive power of his narratives, fables and poetry, Farah’s prose always addresses matters of great social urgency and thus offer critical commentary of contemporary events. Along with important companions past and present, LEBENSLINIEN traces the most important paths in the life and work of Nuruddin Farah.

Readings, Talks, Films, Spoken Word
02.12. – 04.12.2009
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

LEBENSLINIEN (lifelines) presents the life work of outstanding musicians, artists, writers or film-makers. The second LEBENSLINIEN edition focuses on Nuruddin Farah, acclaimed as one of Africa’s greatest contemporary writers and regarded as a likely candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Together with Nuruddin Farah, LEBENSLINIEN explores his biographical and literary paths in an exchange with friends and fellow-writers past and present.

With Nurrudin Farah and Susan Arndt, Hans Christoph Buch, Tanja Dückers, Amy Evans, Cristina Ali Farah, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Jan Kage aka Yaneq, Grada Kilomba, Alessandra di Maio, Barnaby Metschurat, Dirk Naguschewski, Nina Petri, Arne Ruth, Warsan Shire, Abdourahman Waberi, Barbara Wahlster, Binyavanga Wainaina, Yusra Warsam

Readings, Talks, Films, Spoken Word

Wed 02.12.2009 │ 19 h Opening / Nuruddin Farah reads from "Knots" with Hans Christoph Buch und Nina Petri │ 21 h Yesterday, Tomorrow: Voices from the Somali diaspora arranged by Grada Kilomba and Amy Evans

Thu 03.12.2009 │ 19 h Somali Writing and Beyond with Abdourahman Waberi, Cristina Ali Farah │ 21 h OPEN WOR:L:DS with Warsan Shire, Kinsi Abdulleh, Tanja Dückers and Jan Kage aka Yaneq

Fri 04.12.2009 │ 18.30 h What’s Literature got to do with it? With Binyavanga Wainaina, Susan Arndt and Barbara Wahlster │ 21 h Maps – Crossing Borders: Writers in Exile and Cosmopolitans with Abdulrazak Gurnah and Arne Ruth │ 22 h Film Night – "Somalia in Motion"

Admission: Single ticket 5 / 3 €, Day pass 8 / 5 €, Combi-ticket 15 / 10 €


(Photo: Nuruddin Farah, © B.Friedrich)


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