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Sebald Talk in Berlin September 12, 2017

As part of the Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin this year, Markus Joch and Uwe Schütte will talk about W.G. Sebald on Tuesday, September 12 at 19:00 at the Institut Français. Tickets here.

The full program (in German or in English) can be found here. The long list of invited guests is impressive and includes people such as Edward Snowden (via Skype), artist Christian Boltanski, László Krasznahorkai, Yoko Tawada, Yasmina Reza, mystery writer Donna Leon (one of my favorites), Salman Rushdie, and Hari Kunzru. Several other programs caught my attention:

Thursday September 7 at 22:30 is a screening of a new film about James Baldwin and race called I Am Not Your Negro, which I have seen and highly recommend.

Saturday September 9 at 15:00 is a meeting for people wishing to join book clubs; two of the books under consideration are Sebald’s Austerlitz and Peter Weiss’s The Aesthetics of Resistance.

Sunday September 10 is devoted to graphic novels.

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  1. In other Sebald-related news, the Actes du Colloques of the 2014 Sebald conference at Cérisy were finally published in July: Looks like some of the essays may have been available in revised form elsewhere.

    September 13, 2017
  2. Actually, browsing the website of the publisher of the Colloque, Les Presses Universitaires de Rennes, I realize they have a whole series of books devoted to photography and literature: Check out esp. Perle Noire which has a chapter on Sebald (the pdfs of Tables of contents are available under the tab Documents in book descriptions).

    September 14, 2017
  3. Thanks! This is very interesting. Curiously, I have a different book by Paul Edwards called “Soleil Noir: Photographie et litterature.” My volume was published in 2008, the one shown on the P.U.R. website is 2016, and might be an update, except my copy is 200 pages longer than the newer version. Not sure what the relationship is. But there are several other titles I’ve not seen before.

    September 14, 2017
    • I think Perle Noire (2016) is kind of a continuation of Soleil Noir (2008), but more focused, judging by the table of contents, on techniques — first techniques of reproduction, then narrative techniques involving photographic vision. But check out also the first 8pp of the Introduction included among the ‘Documents’.

      September 15, 2017
  4. You are right. This looks like it is a good overview of a wide variety of “photobooks” all the way up to Sebald. I just ordered a copy.

    September 15, 2017
  5. I’m ordering both, too. Just out of curiosity: did you place your order via the publisher’s website or through another source?

    September 15, 2017
  6. I used Abebooks. I often do this for non-English books. There are several copies there.

    September 15, 2017
    • Thanks! I ended up putting an order with even though they only have one of the books in stock — but if they can get the other even in a month’s time (and it doesn’t seem the book is out of print), they charge only €10 for shipping (probably some corporate deal with UPS), regardless of the size of the order. But I am rather guilt-ridden for not buying from an independent bookseller…

      September 15, 2017

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