23. ilb
06. – 16.09.2023

Author: Sydney Noemi Stein

Thank you for the 23rd ilb. See you in 2024!

Dear audience of the international literature festival berlin, On the evening of November 14, many of you have joined us for the last event of the 23rd international literature festival berlin. On the sold-out Main Stage at the Berliner Festspiele, Geoffroy de Lagasnerie presented his essay »3 – Ein Leben

Sold Out | Book Premiere with de Lagasnerie, Louis, and Eribon

Experience great literature at the 23rd ilb once more this year We are excited to announce the post-festival event of the 23rd international literature festival berlin. On November 14, 2023, ilb hosts the German book premiere of Geoffroy de Lagasnerie‘s new novel »3 – Ein Leben außerhalb« (3 – A

Nobel Prize in Literature awarded to Jon Fosse

We extend our congratulations to this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Norwegian playwright and author Jon Fosse. He was awarded the prize »for his innovative plays and prose which give voice to the unsayable«, according to the jury. The author was a guest at the ilb in

On the Death of Khaled Khalifa (1964 – 2023)

We mourn the sudden death of Khaled Khalifa who passed away on Saturday. The author is regarded as one of the most influential and most important voices of Syria and the Syrian community worldwide. His books were not allowed to be published in Syria. Some of them were translated into

23rd ilb Day 11 – Graphic Novel Day and final event

On September 16, 2023, the Berlin Literature Festival concluded with a focus on cross-media literary formats. In addition to a book talk featuring Adam Thirlwell, the Graphic Novel Day provided visitors with a fantastic opportunity to dive into the fascinating world of visual storytelling and experience the unique combination of

23rd ilb Day 10 – Adam Thirlwell, Dinçer Güçyeter

On September 15, the second-to-last day of the festival, the ilb once again welcomed big literary names and addressed socially relevant issues. Feminist issues in particular found their way onto the ilb stages that day at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Jadwiga Kamola and Tayo Awosusi-Onutor discussed the history of

23rd ilb Day 8 – Moshtari Hilal, 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«

23rd ilb Day 7 – Shehan Karunatilaka, Nino Haratischwili, Atlas of Absence

A literature festival is an echo chamber for socially relevant topics and an amplifier for voices from all over the world. The seventh day of the 23rd international literature festival berlin was once more dedicated to this purpose. On the panel »Atlas of Absence«, Bénédicte Savoy presented the joint project

23rd ilb Day 6 – Paolo Giordano, Inner-German Perspectives

Dear audience, The ilb moved to the Haus der Berliner Festspiele yesterday with bustling festival vibes. Rajesh Parameswaran and Amanda Lee Koe kicked it off at the Bornemann Bar, talking about love stories with a twist. Afterwards. two highlights filled the halls: Paolo Giordano’s »Tasmania«, read by Ulrich Matthes and

23rd ilb Day 5 – Salman Rushdie, Luisa Neubauer, Mohammed Alnaas

Dear audience, »Puritanism, I am afraid, is always with us« – the first festival week ended yesterday with Salman Rushdie’s live performance via broadcast at the Berliner Ensemble. In conversation with Daniel Kehlmann, Rushdie spoke about his latest novel »Victory City« and gave insights into its making.In the morning, Armin

23. ilb Day 4 – Irene Vallejo, Ulrich Schreiber, The Art of Translation

Dear audience,On the fourth day of the festival, Berlin’s literary scene once again turned its gaze to the international literature festival berlin. Irene Vallejo’s book premiere at the Staatsbibliothek unter den Linden enthralled the visitors. Two panels at the Collegium Hungaricum were devoted to the art of translation. Elisabeth Plessen