International Literary Festival in Berlin presents diversity of literature
Nazmun Nesa Piari from Berlin, Germany
Berlin--- capital of literature? Berlin, the united Germany‘s political capital with its present 22nd International Festival of Literature looks like the German capital of world literature.160 authors from five continents within 11 days in September present the diversity of world literature.
Booker Prize winner Damm Galgut Bernhardine Evaristo, Margret Atwood and many hopeful talents attract more than 30000 visitors who listen and discuss!
Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture and Media, praised the festival and its value for democratic discourse. "Today More than ever, the many literary perspectives from all over the world are essential for democracy to thrive- especially at a time when we are confronted with the horrors of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine.“
The festival started on September 7 with a powerful opening speech by David van Reybrouck on the catastrophic effects of climate change. He is the author of his recent book „Revolusi“ on Indonesia and the development of the modern world! He impressed all visitors, young and old, with his presentation! "We Are behaving like the colonizers of future generations. We are depriving them of their freedom, their health, possibly even their lives.“
At a time of war in Ukraine and energy crisis it was a powerful reminder of climate change and its effect on the south of our world. From day one Berlin‘s Internationa Literature Festival was exciting and meaningful.