In the last ten years, the Pen World Voices Festival has become an institution, not only because it is the only international literary festival in New York, but because it brings together authors from all over the world and the discussions that take place in its framework are enriched by the different cultural backgrounds of the participants. Continue reading
2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Many events are taking place to commemorate the war that changed the world and especially Europe so fundamentally.
It is not really surprising that a number of new books have been published on the topic during the last few months, as there are still so many unanswered questions that are being researched by historians. Continue reading
The New Literature from Europe festival’s 10-year anniversary celebration will take readers on the road with 9 authors whose writing blurs national boundaries. EU passport holders are in transit, working, traveling, living and functioning easily over most of the continent, and European writers are articulating a new consciousness of this state of motion. Continue reading
I know that many of our library patrons read and speak excellent German, but I also know from conversations with you that you’d like to refresh your German, which you may have studied a while back. The Austrian Cultural Forum New York does not offer language classes, but our friends at Deutsches Haus at New York University offer German classes on all levels. They even offer a specific “Reading Knowledge” course designed for students who would like to focus on reading and translating German texts. Continue reading
Don’t miss the U.S.- book launch of the new English translation of Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s play Her Not All Her- on/with Robert Walser [in the original: er nicht als er- zu/mit Robert Walser] on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The award-winning translation by Damion Searls was recently published in the Cahier series by Sylph Editions in collaboration with the American University of Paris. Continue reading
We are very excited about the participation of Austrian writer Barbara Frischmuth at the upcoming PEN-Festival next week. Taking place every year since 2004, this major festival has established its place in the hearts and minds of New Yorkers, with the help of the world’s most compelling writers.
Barbara Frischmuth studied Turkish, Hungarian, and Middle Eastern studies. She works as a writer, translator, and columnist and has won numerous prizes for her work, which besides adult fiction also includes children’s books and nonfiction. Continue reading
Next Tuesday, March 12, at 6.30pm the Austrian session of the European Book Club will take place at the Austrian Cultural Forum. The focus of this session, which will be moderated by Hannah Liko, ACFNY Deputy Director and Head of its Literature Department, will be Love Virtually, by Daniel Glattauer (SilverOak, 2011, translated by Katharina Bielenberg and Jamie Bulloch). Continue reading