03.09.2021 #literature

Jean Portante and Pierre Joris participate in a virtual world reading on Sunday 5 September

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The international literature festival Berlin has called on participation in a Worldwide Reading for the Dead of the Corona Pandemic on 5 September 2021.

For more than a year, the world has been in the grip of the pandemic. More than four million people worldwide have died from Covid-19. Not a day goes by when we are not confronted with statistics and curves on current deaths and illnesses.

Literature has the potential to give expression to this situation, to counter isolation at least through reception. Its finds narrative away from the everyday images of horror, tells of loss from different perspectives, and helps to make the incomprehensible, tangible, the intangible comprehensible.

Over than 50 individuals and international institutions have responded to the call, including Jean Portante and Pierre Joris, who will give a virtual reading.