Herta Müller: „Vor der Tür saß mal der Zufall“ (Chance once sat at my door)
Welcoming address: • Robert Huez (Director Literaturhaus Wien)
Opening Ceremony: • Veronica Kaup-Hasler (Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science)
Introduction of the festival program and Herta Müller: • Anne Zauner (festival director)
Keynote: • Herta Müller: Vor der Tür saß mal der Zufall (Chance once sat at my door)
True to this year’s motto, Words of Alliance, Words of Defiance: Advocacy and Objections, the International Literary Festival Erich Fried 2022 focuses on the power of literature to change society. It was only logical to invite one of contemporary literature’s most powerful voices to open the festival: • Herta Müller, the Nobel prizewinning author who has thought deeply about the nature of language in her own inimitable way.
The title of her keynote, Vor der Tür saß mal der Zufall (Chance once sat at my door), is taken from one of her characteristic collages, highly lyrical works which she has been producing for over thirty years. Herta Müller has wrested a new dimension from this artform in her most recent work, Der Beamte sagte (Hanser 2021; The civil servant said), whose 156 collages—for the first time also connected thematically—tell her atrocious, unfathomable story.
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