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In the framework of Beirut World Book Capital: Arabic music meets Polish literature - Charbel Rouhana and Stanisław Strasburger

THE ORGANISERS: Polish author Stanisław Strasburger in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Culture and the Polish Embassy in Beirut, the Polish Community in Lebanon, The Polish Book Institute, German Embassy in Beirut and the Goethe Institute in Lebanon
DATE: 25th of March 2010
TIME: 6.30 p.m.
PLACE: UNESCO Palace, Beirut

DESCRIPTION: A unique artistic dialogue of literature and music incorporating fragments of Stanisław Strasburger’s novel The Story Seller and the music of Charbel Rouhana. Reading performed by Jihad Attrach and the author, live music by Charbel Rouhana and Elie Khoury, moderation: Rania Sawah.

Following the literature-music performance a panel discussion about the treatment and representation of Arab countries including Lebanon in contemporary Polish and German literary works will be held. Panelists will be honorable guests invited from Poland, Germany and Lebanon. Works of other contemporary authors from Poland and Germany will also be presented during the discussion (Joachim Helfer, Piotr Ibrahim Kalwas, Michael Kleeberg, Ryszard Kapuściński, Olga Stanisławska).

After the discussion the audience will be invited to a reception and individual conversation with the guests. Catalogues and information about contemporary literature from Poland and Germany will be available. Contacts with publishing and literature translators from both countries could be established.

Please note that the event will be held in Arabic language.

Stanisław Strasburger is a young Polish author living in Germany. His works are inspired by literature from Poland, Germany and the Arab world. His artistic pseudonym is Jan Subart.

Contact: +961/71491906;

“The story seller” was co-financed by the German foundation Kunststiftung NRW
Special thanks to Nizar Chehab and Halina Lisowska-Chehab