By Ursula Keller, Ilma Rakusa
What will we suggest through Europe? Thirty-three authors from 33 ecu nations try a solution -- in severe, ironic, skeptical, or positive tones. Their essays, written for the symposium held on the Literaturhaus Hamburg in 2003, replicate the unbelievable range of eu cultures.
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A museum piece. I often prefer being in a museum to being in the street. But that sums up the condition of the writer. HANS MAARTEN VAN DEN BRINK 55 6 It is important that the division of roles between street and script retain a certain sense of tension. It is good for writers and poets to continue opposing dynamism with their precision and criticism, for them to continue rowing upstream, to continue correcting and amending, to continue their pathetic resistance to every form of inevitability. Suspicion is called for when the interests of poets, politics, and public turn out to coincide.
So, if we are indeed from the vanished Scythians, to what extent are we Asiatics? That, as they say, is an interesting question. Another killer. Our historians take pride in the fact that we halted the Tatar-Mongol invasion, thereby saving Europe, though we lagged behind her by three hundred years. ) To perceive ourselves as a kind of pillow for Europe to rest on may be an honor, but it is also distasteful. Whatever the case, in liberating herself from the Tatars, Russia moved Eastward at a speed suggesting that we meant to eliminate Asia as a geographical concept and annex it to Europe.
Translated Susan Brownsberger. Dalkey Archive Pr, 1998. A Captive of the Caucasus. HarperCollins, 1999. The Literary Hero as Hero A Discourse in the Genre of the Intellectual Primitive , , : “ ”. , ? This genre, as I define it, is governed by the ambitions of the visual arts, not the intellect: the idea comes to the mind, not from it. We don’t set it forth, we send it forth. With a benevolent gaze. The starting position is this: European civilization was built with the participation of the literary hero.