November, 25th: Our Brussels
Our Brussels by Mare Sabolotny and Vahur Afanasjev.
Friday, November 25th, 2011
8pm unti 11pm
Passa Porta, Dansaertstraat 46, 1000 Brussels
Literary evening about life in Brussels, seen from an Estonian perspective.
in co-operation with HoedGekruid vzw
with: Geert van Istendael (B), Serge van Duijnhoven (NL), Mare Sabolotny (Est), Vahur Afanasjev (Est)
Mare Sabolotny (21) and Vahur Afanasjev (32) are two gifted, unclassical writers from Estonia, who lived for quite some time in Brussels. Last year, however, they decided to move back to Tallinn, deliberately giving up the high quality l...ife they lived in the capital of Europe. In his last book, My Brussels – a bestseller in Estonia – Vahur writes witfully and bluntly about his life experiences and endeavours during his years as a EU-administrator in Belgium. A literary chronicle about a love that came to an end, but also was refound in a completely different way.
Mare will read a fragment from her new novel „Peaaegu inimene“ („Almost a human“), and Vahur will read some of his revealing poetry by means of commentary to a defiant and lyrical short film he made while working as assistant for the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.
One of the great true chroniqueurs of Brussels and Belgium, Flemish writer Geert van Istendael (" Arm Brussel " , " The Belgian Labyrinth "), will contribute to the evening through reading some apt fragments about his ever-bleeding but beloved homecity “with its raffled ends and open wounds”. A song of love and wonders, joy and lamentation.
Dutch-born writer Serge van Duijnhoven – living in Brussels since 1999 – will moderate the evening, and interview both Estonian authors about their life during and after the Soviet Union, and will talk about comparisons with current life in Estonia in times of that other pretentious Union that is the EU. A talk about writing, working, drinking and surviving in times of prosperity and crisis, communism and capitalism.