In the short story “Without Borders” (“Grenseløst”) from 2006, Hans Herbjørnsrud writes about a border dispute that intensifies and escalates. This concrete example of literature’s threatening resilience also says something about its strength. There is a lot of talk about who is affected by literature, but we have a tendency to forget that not all autobiographical fiction is driven by pain, grief or anger; the genre is just as often about identity, self-deprecation and experience, lending it seriousness and weight. It can bring people together and it can shed light upon important themes. That is what will happen when we have the queen of American short prose, Lydia Davis, with us on the screen from New York, in a conversation that starts with the subject of Herbjørnsrud’s short story. The conversation is moderated by Ane Farsethås, and literature’s boundlessness sets the tone for the evening’s star-studded programme.
If there is one Norwegian author in particular who, in recent years, has contributed to giving Norwegian literature a prominent position in the world, it is Karl Ove Knausgård. He has developed and challenged the definition of reality-based fiction through the six volume work My Struggle (Min kamp). We are proud to have him on stage along with the internationally renowned magazine editor John Freeman. They will speak about Knausgård’s literary production and his work on the current exhibition and book about Edvard Munch.
As if this were not enough, we will be treated to readings by Max Porter, Andrew McMillan and Claire-Louise Bennett, the créme de la créme of young British literature, accompanied by the prize-winning Norwegian jazz musician Ellen Andrea Wang. We are certain that this will be a memorable evening. Hosted by Selma Lønning Aarø!
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