24th ilb
5 – 14 Sep 2024 Program
9 – 18 Sep 2024 Young Program

23rd ilb Day 3 – Maxim Biller, Norman Ohler, and more

Portrait Norman Ohler
Norman Ohler

We enjoyed another day of the 23rd international literature festival berlin with literary highlights. Maxim Biller presented his new novel “Mama Odessa” in conversation with Jörg Thadeusz, and Norman Ohler celebrated his book premiere of “The Strongest Substance”. At the Collegium Hungaricum, Thomas Weber, Uwe Wittstock and Volha Hapeyeva discussed book burnings in 1933 with Shelly Kupferberg, and afterwards Bachtyar Ali, Yavuz Ekinci and Meral Şimşek read from their works with Ronya Othmann’s moderation in the event “Literature in the Shadow of Despotism.” At the Instituto Cervantes, Spanish author Irene Vallejo prepared for today’s German debut of her successful nonfiction book.

Maxim Biller Book premiere Mama Odessa ilb
Maxim Biller reading © Charlotte Kunstmann
Maxim Biller Book Premiere Mama Odessa
Maxim Biller signing his books © Charlotte Kunstmann
Norman Ohler reading book premiere
Norman Ohler reading © Charlotte Kunstmann
Yavuz Ekinci, Meral Şimşek, Ronya Othmann, Bachtyar Ali
Yavuz Ekinci, Ronya Othmann, Meral Şimşek, Bachtyar Ali (from left to right)

What’s On Today?

At 6 pm, Irene Vallejo celebrates her Germany premiere with her nonfiction success “Papyrus” at the Staatsbibliothek Unter den Linden. At 7:30 pm, we honor festival founder Ulrich Schreiber in an event that looks back on 22 years of ilb. Meanwhile, at the Collegium Hungaricum, it’s all about the art of translation. In two panels, we ask: How does AI translate, and how do humans translate? What does it mean to translate? Among the speakers will be Elisabeth Plessen and Timea Tankó.

We look forward to welcoming you to another day of literary highlights at the 23rd international literature festival berlin.