“From the perspective of outer space the continents of the earth are blessed with an absence of the visible national borders we know from the ever more challenging geopolitical maps. In a similar fashion, literature has never recognized its nationality, because it only relates to the tiny piece of land on which the author may be standing at any given time.”
This is how the Icelandic author, Sjón, sets the tone for this year’s keynote speech for the festival. In the same spirit as the rest of the programme, this lecture will also address nationalism and other disruptive elements that separate people from one another. Luckily, literature can show us the way.
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