Next stop Kakania: 24 March, 8 pm, Kasino

Dzevad Karahasan (Photo: Jürgen Bauer)

Speech by Dževad Karahasan, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Austria
Moderation: Michael Fleischhacker, chief editor Die Presse
Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz, Schwarzenbergplatz 1, 1010 Vienna

Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, raised in Sarajevo, today partially resident in Graz, Dževad Karahasan is at home in several cultures – a fact which for him is the driving force behind his writing. The acclaimed author of texts such as Tagebuch der Aussiedlung (Exodus from a City, 1993) and Berichte aus der dunklen Welt (Reports from The Dark World, 2007) explained the nature of drama as follows: “I am because you are. No identity whatsoever, especially not a spiritual, cultural identity can exist by itself. To develop an identity I need you.” As a protagonist of oriental storytelling, a student of Franciscan padres and an eyewitness of the ethnical war in his native land, which deeply influenced his work, this “I” seems to have several “you”s, which make it speak so colorfully. Another dramatic province will be added to the territory of Kakania.

Find books by Dževad Karahasan in ERSTE Foundation Library!

ERSTE Foundation offers reduced tickets for the Kakania series
To buy reduced tickets say the pass word “ERSTE” at the box office of Burgtheater, 1010 Vienna, Dr. Karl Lueger Ring 2, phone +43 (0)1 51444-4440.

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Photo: © Jürgen Bauer