Xi Chuan (China) writer in conversation with Lea Schneider (Germany) writer and translator
Xi Chuan is considered to be one of the greatest of contemporary Chinese poets. To date he has published nine collections, but not a single one has yet appeared in German or English. In his poetry, Xi Chuan uses “an incomparable historical knowledge to make fun of the one-dimensionality of the tradition,” as his translator Lea Schneider writes. “Every reference to history and origins in his texts is there to show how contingent the boundaries and norms of the present are”. Schneider will be talking to the much-travelled poet about his work that bursts with imagery and is at the same time witty.
English-German interpreting will be available for this event. Project leaders: Alexander Gumz | Matthias Kniep
The Poetry Talk: Xi Chuan – Heading for the Han Dynasty in an Audi A6 is presented with the kind support of the German Foreign Ministry and ECHOO Konferenzdolmetschen.