Monday 20 May 11:30am CEST
Should Literature Be Political?
Keynote by: Atiq Rahimi
Participants include: Kenneth White, Patrick Rambaud, Lyonel Trouillot, Bernard Chambaz, Sami Tchak, Vassilis Alexakis, Azouz Begag, Ayerdhal, Boualem Sansal, Dimitris Stefanakis, Jonas T. Bengtsson, Jérôme Ferrari, Uwem Akpan, Kopano Matlwa, Tobie Nathan, Clément Caliari, Bruce Clarke.
Atiq Rahimi was born in 1962 in Kabul the capital of Afghanistan where he studied at the Franco- Afghan college Estiqlal. In 1984, he went from Afghanistan to Pakistan because of the war, and then he asked for and obtained political asylum in France, where he studied cinema at La Sorbonne. He now lives in Paris.
From 1992 to 1995, he produced adverts and several documentaries for French television. As a writer he was first noticed in 2000 on the occasion of the publication of his first novel Terres et cendres at POL editions which has been translated in more than twenty-one countries. In 2002, Atiq Rahimi published Les Mille Maisons du rêve et de la terreur. In 2003 in Afghanistan, he shot Terre et cendres, a film that was selected in 2004 at the Cannes Festival where he obtained the Prix du regard vers l’avenir. This cinematic adaptation had a tremendous impact on Atiq Rahimi’s career in fiction.
In 2008, he became known as a major writer when he obtained the Prix Goncourt for his novel Syngué Sabour-Pierre de patience.