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

Literature in the Shadow of Despotism

Dictators continue to sit firmly on their thrones. They have brutally crushed the protest and democracy movements of recent years, tightening the repressive screws. Assad is still there, the Mullahs are still there, Erdoğan got himself re-elected. Saddam is gone, but Islamists, militia leaders and corrupt politicians have taken his place. What went wrong? Is there any hope left? And what place does literature have in all of this? The panel approaches these questions from a transnational perspective.
Curated by PEN Berlin.

Moderated by Ronya Othmann.

The event is in German and Turkish.