Tue 29 May 2012

citybooks author Goce Smilevski guests at Passa Porta on 6th June

Goce Smilevski In Sigmund Freud’s Sister, the Macedonian writer Goce Smilevski offers a portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of the 20th century, through the eyes of his sister Adolphine. At Passa Porta, he’ll talk about his novel, Freud, and the times in which the psychoanalyst lived. Professor Stijn Vanheule (department of psychoanalysis at the University of Ghent) contrasts the novel with historical portrayals of Freud and psychoanalyitical theory. Anna Luyten will take up the role of interviewer. Smilevski will stay in residence at the Brussels apartment for writers from 4th of June until 2nd of July. Smilevski wrote a citybook about Skopje for deBuren, and his citybook about Chartres will appear soon.

About Sigmund Freud’s Sister:
Abandoned by her much-lauded brother in Nazi-occupied Vienna, Adolphine spends the time before her ill-fated end in the concentration camp Therezienstadt looking back on her life. Adolphine’s recollections expose the family’s relationships, casting Sigmund Freud as the main character and offering insight on the conditions from which Freud’s ideas about dreams, the Oedipus complex, and the death drive emerged. Sigmund Freud’s Sister constantly puts forward psychoanalysis as a theory underpinning the life of its originator, his family, and his time.

‘A strong, many-sided and obsessive style that evokes that of José Saramago – he seems to break the rules of style almost cautiously, and always in order to bring that which is most important to the fore’ – la Repubblica Goce

Smilevski (1975) was born in Skopje, Macedonia. He studied at universities in Prague, Budapest and Macedonia. Currently, he works at the university in Skopje. For Sigmund Freud’s Sister, Smilevski received the EU prize for literature. The novel is being translated into more than twenty languages. For deBuren, Smilevski wrote the citybook Conversation about the City’s Metamorphosis about Skopje, and the citybook The Cathedral and the Circus about Chartres. This second citybook will be published shortly at www.city-books.eu.

Anna Luyten also took part in the citybooksproject. She stayed in the Romanian capital Bucharest and wrote the citybook The Ways of the Ant.

More info at www.beschrijf.be

Location: A. Dansaertstraat 46, 1000 Brussel
20:00 – in English
Reservations for the evening at Passa Porta can be made via 223 68 32 or info@beschrijf.be.


On Saturday the 9th of June Goce Smilevski is a guest at bookstore De Groene Waterman in Antwerp. He will talk about Sigmund Freud's Sister and Macedonia.
Location: De Groene Waterman, Wolstraat 7, 2000 Antwerpen
More info via groenewaterman@groenewaterman.be


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