Last stop Kakania: 19 May, 7 pm: Juri Andruchowytsch, Ukraine

Juri Andruchowytsch, writer. Photo: © Susanne Schleyer, Suhrkamp Verlag

Last speech of the series: 19 May 2011, 7 pm
Vestibül, Im Burgtheater, Dr. Karl Lueger-Ring 2, 1010 Vienna

The speech by the Ukrainian author Juri Andruchowytsch marks the preliminary end of the Kakania series. A printed collection of all speeches will be published by Zsolnay in September.

The speech will be in Ukrainian with German surtitles.
Moderation: Michael Fleischhacker, editor-in-chief Die Presse

“Where is Europe? We are in Slovenia. Here people say, ‘Slovenia marks the fringe of Europe. The Balkans are beyond the border in Croatia’, because Croatia once belonged to the Hungarian part of the Austro-Hungarian dual Monarchy. The Croatians, in turn, believe that the Balkans are on Serbian territory, at the boundary of Christian Orthodox belief. The Serbs, again, see themselves as the last bastion of Christianity against the Islamic confession of Albania and Bosnia. In Austria they say, ‘We are Europe! Slovenia, to the South of the Karawanken mountains, is Slavic territory!’, while for the Germans, Austria with its melting pot of peoples is the Balkans. The French see their ‘civilisation’ as the stronghold of European culture; beyond the border, Germany is the land of Teutonian barbarism, as they believe. And an English journalist told me that basically the whole continent is some sort of a Byzantine-Balcanic empire with Brussels as the new Constantinople; only the British isles are the last defenders of European values.”

This quote from Slavoj Žižek, the outspoken opponent of multicultural societies, will be countered by Juri Andruchowytsch, the classical writer of Ukrainian contemporary literature. Born in the former region of Galicia –the epitome of multiethnicity – in 1960, his essays contribute substantially to the revelation of a region that is yet unknown.

Find books by Juri Andruchowytsch in ERSTE Foundation Library!

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