WALTIC (Writers and Literary Translators’ International Congress), organized by the Swedish Writers’ Union, due end June will host some 1,000 delegates, including writers, literary translators, politicians, representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations.
Approximately 60 writers will attend the seminars. Among the lecturers, there are Charles Bernstein, Mia Couto, Jean-Claude Guedon, Phillip Pullman, Nawal El Saadawi, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Dubravka Ugresic and Alexis Wright. Romanian writer Mircea Cartarescu will attend a debate with Swedish writer Andrzey Tichy, on the relation of society and literature, in the panel, “Society and Literature.”
Filip Florian, one of the most translated young Romanian writers, will attend, on July 2, a discussion on history and memory, beside the writers Frank Westerman (Holland) and Mauro Covacich (Italy), under the title “The Fate of Place.” On the same day – July 2 – Herta Muller will be included in the “Life through Letters” section within a series of interviews with the most prestigious writers of the moment. Hertha Muller will also attend the political program of the Congress. Therefore, on Sunday, June 29, at Kulturhuset, the Romanian writer will analyze the subject of exile with Croat writer Dubravka Ugresic and the Manager of the Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm, Dan Shafran. On Tuesday, July 1, at 19.30, Herta Muller will be the guest of the Goethe Institute of Stockholm, where she will read excerpts of her works and will discuss the role of literature concerning aspects such as captivity and liberty, dictatorship and democracy, beside the Spanish writer Rosa Montero. The three Romanian writers to attend WALTIC were introduced to the Swedish readers by articles in local papers and, also, their portraits are included in the photo exhibition “Cato Lein – The Last Polaroid Project – The First Impression of Romania,” opened at the ICR Stockholm residence until August 31.