Wed 06 February 2013
New online in January... to listen to
We are kicking of the New Year with a whole host of new citybooks as audiobooks. The first Polish podcasts are now online, recorded by the authors Witold Szabłowski, Andrzej Stasiuk and Marcin Wroński. Atte Jongstra, Luc Devoldere and Cees Nooteboom also all recorded their own citybooks in Dutch. In English and/or French translation, podcasts of Arnon Grunberg, Thomas Gunzig, Bart Van Loo, Goce Smilevski, Chris Van Camp and Jeroen van Rooij all came online, too.
…to listen to
Cees Nooteboom wrote the citybook Venice 2012, in which he examines paintings with a keen eye, visits an old church and finally dares – ‘wobblywobblywobblywobbly’ – to step into a gondola. ‘Ten visits to Venice and the first time in a gondola’. The Dutch podcast read by the author is online.
In his citybook about Venice, Luc Devoldere takes us on a journey from 537 to 2012, to the city and the lagoon, to Byran and Occupy Beach. In short, to the Pearl Without a Shell. “There is no time to lose. Not for us, nor for this city. Eventually we all, and Venice too, will lose the fight. But not just yet. So let us continue to journey to this city.” The Dutch podcast read by the author is online.
Atte Jongstra takes a tour of Venice in the hands of the spirited dwarf Dr. Gustav Joseph, the author-at-work of a reference book on holiday destinations for travellers suffering from respiratory problems. But is he in the right place? Because Death Comes Up From Below… The Dutch podcast read by the author is online.
Thomas Gunzig was actually not planning to set foot outside during his stay in Charleroi, as he admits in The Reservation. But fate decides otherwise: he forgets his toothbrush. He follows a blue Mitsubishi and a skinny girl, and soon discovers Charleroi. ‘A bit like those Indians herded onto reservations’. Podcast online in English, Dutch and French
Witold Szabłowski investigates All the Gateways of Lublin and concludes: ‘for me Lublin is a place where you can be yourself far more fully. And you can eat onion bread. Onion bread is Lublin’s answer to the cult of youth, to being slender, to white teeth, springy buttocks and dental floss.’ Podcast online in Polish and French
Andrzej Stasiuk wraps up warm against the icy wind in Lublin, and asks himself if he can view the city without looking into the past. ‘Someone’s going to say: yet another piece about the Jews. But that’s not true. I’m writing about us. The ones who remained. About the fact that we have filled the space from which they disappeared.’ Podcast online in Polish and French
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.’ Podcast online in Polish and French and Dutch
Marcin Wroński’s citybook is no light-hearted holiday greeting. Through the Postcards from Chartres, carefully preserved in an old chocolate box by the aged Sophie Fasolette, the young nurse Miriam comes to discover a foreign world of Jewish people in hiding, censorship and learning to live with very big secrets. Podcast online in Polish and English
In Chartres, Chris Van Camp wrote 32, Rue aux Juifs, a dialogue between the old professor Marcel and his lovely young thing Isis. After Marcel takes a bad fall on the square in front of the cathedral, we become privy to the careful considerations of the past, present and (impossible?) future of the couple. Can a labyrinth also serve as a means by which to find yourself, rather than only to lose your way? Podcast online in French
Jeroen van Rooij travelled to the French Chartres for citybooks. There, he wrote the story Labyrinths; a reflection on looking and being looked at, on the influence of the cathedral on her visitors and on how those visitors determine the meaning of the cathedral. Podcast online in Dutch and French
As a child, Goce Smilevski dreamed about Chartres: read The Cathedral and the Circus to find out if the real Chartres lives up to his fantastic expectations. Podcast online in English, Dutch and French
In The Veil of Time, and with his leg in a cast, Bart Van Loo braves the winding streets of Chartres. He composes spontaneous shuttle bus poems and plaster cast haikus, and reflects on poule au pot, all while a colourful collection of historical figures from the city’s rich past march on by. Podcast online in Dutch, English and French
… and to look at
In 2012, photograph Pieter-Jan De Pue travelled to Yerevan for citybooks. He fixed the Armenian capital in a series of 24 photos, and also made 3 impressive panoramas. One of his photographs adorns the cover of our spring programme! Previously for deBuren, De Pue made the report Iran on the Border about daily life in Iran. His travel report about Afghanistan was also exhibited by deBuren.
© Pieter-Jan De Pue
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