Thu 07 March 2013
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Good news for all those curious to hear how Mauro Pawlowski and Arnon Grunberg sound in Polish translation: all of the Polish podcasts about Lublin are now online! The Macedonian and Albanian audio versions of stories by Saskia de Coster, Abdelkader Benali, Irena Cvetkovic, Nikola Madzirov and Goce Smilevski have also recently arrived from Skopje. As well as this, Gustaaf Peek and Walter van den Broeck recorded podcasts of their citybooks, and Davide Longo reads his citybook about Charleroi to you in Italian. Moreover, the original Romanian podcasts by Adrian Schiop and Răzvan Rădulescu are now online, together with the Dutch translations of their citybooks about Bucharest. .'Tucked up in bed at night the traveller dreams of a labyrinth with a scent of dried hay. The Balkans, a succession of vacuous hallucinations that last a lifetime. Something that is forever sought, but never found' (From: Warrior on a Horse by Abdelkader Benali)
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Nikola Madzirov wrote the prose poem Homes without Frames about his hometown Skopje. "When it stops raining, old men will appear on the streets, mushrooms on the nearest hills, snails on the park greenery; there will be flashes of lightning in the secret lovers’ eyes."
In their Conversation about the City’s Metamorphosis, Goce Smilevski and Marija Sarevska-Todorovska go in search of Skopje’s core. Is the city’s true face made from bricks and mortar, or does it consist of the faces of people, and if so, should we replace ‘the firm forms of the city with a soft flexible dream-making foam’?
To see and to be seen: that’s what it’s all about in A Date by Irena Cvetkovic (Skopje 1982). As the city undergoes plastic surgery, our protagonist applies her makeup. She is about to meet her instant message sweetheart. But is she really showing him her true self? ‘My face and my body are concealed. I’m a free woman’.
Gustaaf Peek travelled to the historic port of Semarang and wrote 9 Letters to Maria M. during his stay. He recalls memories of his mother and father and strikes up a dialogue with Indonesia. ‘G: I will write about you. I: That book you are always threatening me with. G: Your bones bring in too little.’
For citybooks Charleroi, the Italian author Davide Longo wrote Interview No.6, a dialogue in which a woman fetches up memories of a writer than once lived in Charlero.
Walter van den Broeck is no stranger to globetrotting, nor as a Migrant in Turnhout, even if it is only pure coincidence that he’s been living there since 1967. Follow his remarkable journey from editorship at Turnhout Ekspres to a valiant attempt leave an indelible mark on the city…
Saskia De Coster spent her residency in Skopje and wrote the citybook A Hundred and Forty Kilos of Love. While American FBI-spy Joycelyn keeps herself occupied by smuggling uranium and the international trade in organs (under the motto: ‘children for children’), a depressed lesbian with problems with her weight undertakes a quest to find her dream woman Ivana.
In Warrior on a Horse, Abdelkader Benali describes meglomaniac men in a small, proud city. Tito and Alexander the Great cross paths in a Skopje plagued by heat. Where the locals stylishly ignore the scorching temperatures, the traveler is overcome. ‘The heat is the protagonist of this journey.’
Adrian Schiop's citybook Travesty whisks you away on a musical tour through Bucharest’s nightlife, in which the Romany sounds of manele take the leading role: ‘Rip, rip off my jacket / Rip my shirt off too / See how my heart’s beating for you’. "I’m not a clubber, I’m a manelist,” I bleated timidly. “Yeah, a manelist,” he laughed and changed the subject."
In Me, In The Centre Răzvan Radulescu wanders through Bucharest and describes a typical taxi journey: ‘the unwritten rule is that in the city, in taxis, a seatbelt isn’t required for passengers, and for drivers it is forbidden outright (!), in case he has to protect himself from passengers in the back (!!).’
Arnon Grunberg wrote A Reported Offence in Lublin, in which the unforgettable main character Danuta Kalinowska lodges a complaint about an oh-so-friendly author from The Netherlands: ‘He said he had always thought that he liked hotels, but that now he knew that he was in search of warmth, human warmth. And he claimed that Polish warmth is the real human warmth. He talked about filthy, human love, but you and I know that there is nothing filthy about human love.’
Mauro Pawlowski visited Lublin. “Lublin”, you say?! If you can make it there you’ll make it anywhere! " Listen to Na zdrowie, good Belgian!
Maud Vanhauwaert visited an exhibition in Lublin that inspired a story about the wife of an artist in Lublin's Stations of the Cross. 'This is a city where old houses’ teeth chatter.'
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The Indonesian photographer Dadang Pribadi took to the streets with his camera in Semarang, and paid a keen eye to the city’s artistic riches. Semarang fizzes with all kinds of art, creativity and artistic expression. Pribadi not only photographed the theatre makers, dancers and street artists, but also the devotees, the audiences. He alternates these images with atmospheric street photographs. The images show art and colonial architecture to be the backdrop to daily life of those that live there. Watch the photo's here...
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