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24-mrt.-2017 - 26-mrt.-2017

Marek Šindelka at Passa Porta Festival

The 6th edition of international literary festival Passa Porta in Brussels will be held from 24th to 26th March 2017. As every year, festival will offer a series of meetings with major world writers and the Czech literature will not stay behind! The young Czech writers will be represented by Marek Šindelka, one of the leading Czech novelist and poet awarded the Jiří Orten Prize (2006) and Magnesia Litera for prose (2012). On Saturday afternoon at Muntpunt, he will reveal what is the most influential element for his work and then will be interviewed by distinguished professor of KU Leuven, Peter Vermeersch (at Café Ritz).

Festival Passa Porta will offer the best Belgian and international writers, whether established authors or new voices, who come together to share ideas and their passion for literature in cafés, theatres, bookshops, libraries and other public spaces in the city centre, where will be more than 80 events.

Marek Šindelka is not unknown for the Belgian audience. In 2012 his novel Polaroid was translated into Dutch by Edgar De Bruin (published by Voetnoot publishers) and in 2016 his highly acclaimed novel Mapa Anny was translated by the same author and published by Das Mag (Anna in kaart gebracht, 2016). This collection of short stories containing ten texts, which are mutually related, has raised an unprecedented interest of Dutch public and Marek Šindelka participated in many literary evenings and meetings. 

His recent work, Únava materiálu (literally “The fatigue of material”, Odeon, 2016), is the first Czech (probably also the first European) novel about the refugee crisis. Story describes a journey of two brothers from an unnamed war zone to Europe. In February 2017, Marek was invited by the Czech Centre Brussels for a literary evening in Librebook Bookshop in Brussels and also participated in “KORT” (festival of short stories) in Ghent.

The leitmotif of the festival Passa Porta will be risk-taking in our uncertain age. That is what transpires from the subjects chosen by the authors and the ways in which the authors literally and figuratively cross borders and blend genres.

Marek Šindelka will be talking with Lies Steppe at MuntPunt about his main influences. Then, at 6PM, he will be interviewed by a professor at the KU Leuven’s faculty of Social studies and a specialist on Czech and Central European literature, Peter Vermeersch.


When: 24.3. – 26.3. 2017

Where: city centre of Brussels

More Info here. Pass for whole festival available.




Van: 24-mrt.-2017
T/m: 26-mrt.-2017

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