Arnon Grunberg, Tobi Lakmaker & Marcel Möring
Is there still such a thing as Jewish literature? A hundred years ago, we had a great many Jewish-European writers like Franz Kafka and Isaac Babel; fifty years ago, there was a Jewish-American wave with writers like Isaac Bashevis Singer and Philip Roth – but what about today? In the Netherlands, there is already a Jewish tradition in the liberal arts. Bozar is inviting three generations of Jewish-Dutch writers and will ask them to reflect on their literary and geographical identity. A programme on the mobility of the cosmopolitan and how to have an identity in spite of it.
Since his successful debut Blauwe maandagen (Blue Mondays) in 1994, Arnon Grunberg's pen has barely lain still. Other novels, such as De asielzoeker (The Asylum Seeker) and Tirza also won several literary awards. Grunberg lives between Amsterdam and New York.
Tobi Lakmaker is a young queer author with hard-hitting but down-to-earth opinions. In 2021, he published his debut novel De geschiedenis van mijn sexualiteit (The History of my Sexuality). He talks freely about sexuality and gender, using humour with serious topics and vice versa.
Marcel Möring became known to the general public with novels such as Het grote verlangen (The Great Longing) and In Babylon, for which he won the AKO Literature Prize and the Golden Owl. His works are often rhapsodies with elements from historical, biographical and thriller novels.
The conversation will be moderated by Nicky Aerts (Klara).
Wednesday 8 June, 20:30 → 22:00
Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS