13 Sep

Ilya Kaminsky: Deaf Republic

Opening hours / Beginning:

8:00 pm

13 September 2022


Literaturhaus München, Saal Salvatorplatz 1 80333 München
Ilya Kaminsky

Ilya Kaminsky | © Cybele Knowles (2013), courtesy of the University of Arizona Poetry Center

In 2019, the BBC singled him out as one of twelve artists who had changed the world: Ilya Kaminsky, born in Odessa in 1977 to a Jewish family that emigrated to the USA in 1993. While seemingly prophetic with regard to the ongoing war in Ukraine, his epic poem Deaf Republic (2019) ultimately frames archetypes of modern wars in lyrical imagery. The parable, in which the inhabitants of an occupied town communicate only in sign language as a form of resistance, also has a biographical dimension to it: Kaminsky himself has been hard of hearing since suffering from mumps at the age of four.

  • Moderation: Christian Metz
  • Translations: Anja Kampmann
  • Recitation: Shenja Lacher

Anja Kampmann, born in 1983, studied at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut (German Institute of Literature) in Leipzig, for example. Her very first lyrical work Proben von Stein und Licht (“Samples of Stone and Light”; Lyrik Kabinett edition published by Hanser in 2016) and her first novel Wie hoch die Wasser steigen (“How High the Waters Rise”; published by Hanser in 2018) won multiple awards.

Christian Metz is Professor of Modern German Literature at RWTH Aachen, author of one of the foremost surveys of the current lyrical panorama Poetisch denken (“Poetic Thinking”, 2018) and holder of the Alfred Kerr Prize for Literary Criticism 2020.

This event was organized by Lyrik Kabinett in cooperation with Literaturhaus München.

Tickets: €15 (a discounted rate of €10 is available to members of the Lyrik Kabinett Freundeskreis (Friends of the Lyrik Kabinett Foundation). Tickets can be booked by phone +49 89 2919-340 or online.

The event will take place in German and in English. For more information, please visit the website of Literaturhaus München.

The connection and collaboration between LMU and Lyrik Kabinett has lasted more than 30 years and is marked by intense cooperation. Lyrik Kabinett’s more than 68,000 works are available through OPAC to all members of LMU, and numerous events offer a good insight into the contemporary poetry scene.

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