Nabokov in Berlin

One cannot visit Nabokov’s Berlin in the way one can visit Joyce’s Dublin or Kafka’s Prague. It no longer exists. There are, of course, certain ghosts. We know that he hunted for butterflies at Grunewald, and that he taught tennis on Kurfürstendamm. Charlottenburg was once home to so many Russian expatriates that it was nicknamed

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Author Profile: Arnold Zable

Note: This author profile was written at the request of the online magazine “artaktivist,” for their issue on refugees and migration. It will be published online in both Russian and English. If modernity is to be characterised by the theme of exile and the achievements of émigrés, as Edward Said claimed in Reflections on Exile,

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The Faculty Podcast: Laura Scuriatti

Laura Scuriatti studied English and German Literature at the University of Milan (Laurea). She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Reading, where she was also teaching assistant. Her research focuses on the relationship between literature and the visual arts in early modernism and the avant-garde, and on gender theory. Her publications

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Teju Cole receives International Literature Award for his novel Open City

This year’s International Literature Award, jointly presented by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and Stiftung Elementarteilchen (Hamburg), was awarded to Teju Cole––a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. The award ceremony, along with readings from the works of all shortlisted authors nominated for the annual award, took place in Haus der Kulturen on

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Finding my Genius

The trip to Weimar was literally one of the ‘Aha’ moments in my life. This is how Weimar happened; a day before we actually had to leave, I spent the whole day reading Galileo for a class. With my head drowned in my books I wondered to myself if I would ever get to spend

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Survival Kits for Apocalypses: Georgi Gospodinov at ECLA

On the 6th of June, the ECLA community welcomed Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov. The evening entitled Survival Kits for Apocalypses included readings from Gospodinov’s play The Apocalypse Comes at 6 pm (in which two ECLA students were also involved in the reading), from his poetry, and from the latest novel The Physics of Sorrow. Georgi Gospodinov also presented some of his

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