NO | FEAR of Fear
• Friederike Mayröcker: Short reading
The grande dame of Austrian literature reads from her exhibition text, a “proem” on overcoming fear. Central to the piece is a Snoopy figure, a pre-surgery consolation gift.
• Robert Schindel: Short reading
The author and president of the International Erich Fried Society describes moments of his childhood in the rubble and debris of postwar Vienna, blended with a red ball with which he played on the Jesuit soccer field.
No shadow could be allowed to darken their lives as they imagined them. They were terrified of the slightest hurt, afraid of fear itself.
• Aminatta Forna (SLE/GB) • Why the World Needs New Stories
Introduction & Moderation • Anne Zauner (festival director)
Aminatta Forna’s childhood was shaped by state terror in post-colonial 1970s Sierra Leone. Repression of the nation’s protest movement forced her to live in hiding. She managed to flee to Great Britain, her second homeland, after her politically active father was executed in a show trial—a story she tells powerfully in her memoir, The Devil that Danced on the Water (2002).
Forna’s processing of the festival theme has not only been literary. In 2002, she developed her own strategy for dealing with fear and founded the Rogbonko Village Project to support various rebuilding initiatives in her Sierra Leone village, which suffered greatly during the civil war of the 1990s.
The keynote will be held in English with German supertitles / Translation: Jacqueline Csuss / Discussion in English