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

ilb Jahre: 2020

Michael Maar

Michael Maar was born in Stuttgart in 1960. He studied German and psychology at the Otto-Friedrich-University in Bamberg and wrote his dissertation on Thomas Mann, which he published in 1996 as »Geister und Kunst. Nachrichten aus dem Zauberberg« (tr: Spirits and Art: News from the Magic Mountain) and for which

Meena Kandasamy

The Indian writer Meena Kandasamy was born in Tamil Nadu in 1984. She received her doctorate in sociolinguistics from Anna University, Chennai.She wrote her first poems at the age of 17 and published her first volume of poetry in 2006 under the title »Touch«. Even here, she tackled the themes

Mazen Maarouf

The Palestinian-Icelandic writer, poet, translator, and journalist Mazen Maarouf was born in Beirut in 1978 to Palestinian refugees who had fled Tel al-Zaatar at the start of the Lebanese civil war. He studied chemistry at the Lebanese University, after which he worked as a chemistry and physics teacher for several

Matthias Weichelt

born in Hohenstein-Ernstthal/Saxony in 1971, has been editor-in-chief of »Sinn und Form« since 2013. He has contributed to the »FAZ«, published the poems of Nelly Sachs (2010), and wrote »Peter Huchel. Leben in Bildern« (2018; tr: Peter Huchel: A Life in Pictures) and »Der verschwundene Zeuge. Das Kurze Leben des

Matias Faldbakken

Norwegian writer and artist Matias Faldbakken was born in Hobro, Denmark, in 1973 and grew up in Hamar, Norway. Faldbakken studied at the Vestlandets Art Academy in Bergen between 1994 and 1998, including a year with Thomas Bayrle at the State University of Fine Arts – Städelschule in Frankfurt am


Margus Lattik was born in Tallinn in 1973. He studied English Philology at the University of Tartu. During his stay in India from 2000 to 2003, he continued his education at the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education, which is located near the city of Mathura – from which he took

Martina Dase

born in 1959, has been the director the strategic communications unit at Save the Children since 2016. The award-winning filmmaker, communications expert, and Africa expert has directed more than fifty reports and documentaries for public television and has subsequently held leading positions with Greenpeace and Welthungerhilfe. To commemorate the centenary

Marko Pogačar

Marko Pogačar was born in Split in 1984. After leaving school in his hometown, he studied comparative literature and history at the University of Zagreb and began a doctorate in a multidisciplinary area between literary, cultural, and film studies. Pogačar has published five collections of poems so far. His debut

Marion Achard

Marion Achard was born in 1976 in Dijon, France. After training as a circus performer at the renowned Académie Fratellini and the Center National des Arts du Cirque, she founded the Compagnie Tour de Cirque with her partner Farid Abed. The troupe performs its self-produced shows in theaters, schools, but

Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa was born in 1936 in Arequipa, Peru, and grew up in Bolivia, northern Peru and Lima. There he studied literature and law and received his doctorate in Madrid. Together with García Márquez, Cortázar, and Fuentes, he belongs to the quartet of the boom in Latin American literature.

Marian De Smet

The Belgian children’s and young adult author Marian De Smet was born in 1976 in Mechelen. She studied art in Hasselt and then completed her training to become an educator in Heverlee. She started writing after the birth of her first child. Her work as an educator has also provided

Mariana Enriquez

born 1973 in Buenos Aires, is an Argentinean writer and journalist. She studied journalism at the University of La Plata, has published several novels and short story collections and currently works as an editor for the cultural supplement of the Argentinean daily newspaper »Página/12«. For her latest novel, »Nuestra parte