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

New Magical Realisms

Who actually decides where reality ends and the magic begins? Authors Ibtisam Azem, Bora Chung, and Shehan Karunatilaka, whose award-winning texts play with elements of magical realism, discuss the genre’s legacy: Where does the tendency to exoticize the magical come from? In conversation, they sound out what criticism of an often-absurd reality resonates in their stories, what desires are expressed in the supernatural, and how helpful »magical realism« is as a label on the book market today.

A cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence »Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective« at Freie Universität Berlin.

Hosted by Ana Rocío Jouli.