Kakanien. Neue Republik der Dichter

Does the EU Eastern Enlargment lead to a new multinational state on old terratorium?

From 2009 to 2011, numerous important writers – Péter Nádas, Andrzej Stasiuk, Biljana Srbljanović, Michal Hvorecký, Serhiy Zhadan, Dubravka Ugresic, Doron Rabinovici, Josef Winkler, Jachym Topol, Terézia Mora, Tena Štivičić, Radek Knapp, Dževad Karahasan, Yuri Andrukhovych and Slavoj Zizek – were speaking on an imaginary literary landscape, which is constantly renewed and still remains unmistakably Central Europe. Almost one hundred years after the end of the Danube monarchy, that was called “Kakanien” in Robert Musil’s novel “The man without qualities”, renowned writers are laying the foundation for this endeavour. However, this time not accompanied by melancholic doom and gloom, but animated by old-new neighborhood. From this series of speeches, taking place at Burgtheater and Akademietheater Vienna, a book has now emerged – dealing with intellectual similarities and differences, cultural clashes and synergies, and ethical demands and visions that arise as a result of the new neighbourhood constellation.