Tahar Ben Jelloun: What can literature accomplish? The Arab Spring and Writing

Sep 07, 2011 06:00 pm
Literatures of the World
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Main Stage
Introduction Christiane Kayser
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The Arab nations are currently discovering the world of civil liberties and the autonomy of the individual, says the best-selling author, who currently lives in France. In his book »The Arab Spring«, Tahar Ben Jelloun describes the current development of the uprisings in the context of their cultural and historical roots, and poses the West a few uncomfortable questions. But what is the role of the author in situations like these? What can literature accomplish? Tahar Ben Jelloun provides his own personal answers on this subject.

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