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

23rd ilb Day 8 – Moshtari Hilal, Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Eugenides

Well-known figures of world literature meet new stars: On September 13, we had the pleasure of celebrating two literary highlights at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. With Jeffrey Eugenides and Moshtari Hilal, we welcomed two important voices from different generations.

Reading meets Performance – Book Premiere of Moshtari Hilal’s »Ugliness«

Moshtari Hilal Book Premiere
Moshtari Hilal’s Book Premiere © Charlotte Kunstmann

Artist and writer Moshtari Hilal celebrated the long-awaited premiere of her debut “Hässlichkeit” (Ugliness) on September 13, which was published by Hanser in early September. In a sold-out theater, Hilal, together with actress Susana AbdulMajid and Jina Khayyer, explored Instagram noses, plastic surgery and Western ideals of beauty through reading, performance and discussion.

Portrait Moshtari Hilal
Moshtari Hilal © Schirin Moaiyeri

»When you’re a nobody and no-one is waiting for your book, that’s a great way to write« Jeffrey Eugenides

Jeffrey Eugenides talked about New York cocktail parties, his favorite German words and what Berlin means to him. Actor Franz Dinda read from the German translation of »Virgin Suicides« (German translation by Mechtild Sandberg-Ciletti). Another highlight of the evening was given by Eugenides, who for the first time read an excerpt from his still unpublished novel.

Jeffrey Eugenides
© Shirin Moaiyeri

At the Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation, Mark Isaacs, author of »The Kabul Peace House«, talked about Afghan Resilience in Europe.

Mark Isaacs
© Charlotte Kunstmann