Opening Speech: Taiye Selasi (GB / I): »African Literature Doesn't Exist«

Sep 04, 2013 06:00 pm
Literatures of the World
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Main Stage
Musican Günter Baby Sommer und Katharina Hilpert
Introduction Priya Basil
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Music: Günter Baby Sommer and Katharina Hilpert
Taiye Selasi coined the term »Afropolitan«, and in doing so, marked a change in perception for a new generation of cosmopolitan Africans in the age of globalisation. Her first novel, »Ghana Must Go«, was published simultaneously in 15 languages this year, with great success. The author, daughter of a Nigerian-Scottish mother and a Ghanaian father, was born in London, raised in Massachusetts, and is now living in Rome. Her work is characterised by a melodious and »electrifying« (»Süddeutsche Zeitung«) use of language. She tells the story of a 21st century family, originating from West Africa, and redefines the great subjects of »Home« and »Identity«.

Taiye Selasi opens the ilb 2013 with a speech on the non-existence of African literature.

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