Talks / Workshops

Taiye Selasi: ‘African Literature Doesn’t Exist’

Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany
04 Sep 2013

Taiye Selasi opens the 13th international literature festival berlin 2013 with a speech on the non-existence of African literature.

Taiye Selasi coined the term »Afropolitan«, and in doing so, marked a change in perception for a new generation of cosmopolitan Africans in the age of globalisation. Her first novel, »Ghana Must Go«, was published simultaneously in 15 languages this year, with great success. The author, daughter of a Nigerian-Scottish mother and a Ghanaian father, was born in London, raised in Massachusetts, and is now living in Rome. Her work is characterised by a melodious and »electrifying« (»Süddeutsche Zeitung«) use of language. She tells the story of a 21st century family, originating from West Africa, and redefines the great subjects of »Home« and »Identity«.

Sep 04, 2013 06:00 pm at Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Find the whole programme of the 13th international literature festival berlin (04 -15/09/2013) here


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