31.03.2019 Literature

Olga Tokarczuk at Passa Porta Festival 2019

Olga Tokarczuk, polish writer, will be in conversation with philosopher, Alicja Gescinska at the seventh edition of the Passa Porta Festival which takes place from 28 until 31 March 2019. A hundred authors and artists will gather in Brussels for a weekend of interviews, debates, discussions and meetings.

At the closing ceremony Olga Tokarczuk will read from her latest work in progress – and to do so in front of an audience, in front of you. 


>>> Interview:

  • When? 31 March 2019 | 16:30 – 17:30
  • Where? Beursschouwburg – Rue Auguste Orts 20-28, 1000 Brusels – see map
  • Language? English
>>> Reading
  • When? 31 March 2019 | 18:00 – 19:00
  • Where? Ancienne Belgique, Boulevard Anspach 110, 1000 Bruxelles – see map
  • Language? Polish with French and Dutch translations

>>> Buy your tickets here

Olga Tokarczuk is considered one of the greatest European authors of her generation. Having twice won the prestigious Nike Prize in her homeland of Poland, her novel Flights won the Man Booker International Prize in 2018. Her latest novel, The Books of Jacob (forthcoming), about the Central European Jews of the eighteenth century, was fine enough to reap literary prizes … but unfortunately also topical enough to stir up controversy and even to provoke death threats. 
Alicja Gescinska is a writer, philosopher and TV maker. In 1988 her parents fled communist Poland to build a new life in Belgium. Gescinska obtained a PhD in philosophy from Ghent University and has worked at Princeton University and Amherst College. In 2017 she won the Debuutprijs for her novel Een soort van liefde. For the Canvas show Wanderlust, Gescinska travelled the world during two seasons for conversations with contemporary thinkers, artists and writers.
About Passa Porta
The international house of literature Passa Porta is a unique, multilingual meeting place in the heart of Brussels for anyone and everyone curious about ideas, texts and stories. It is where readers meet their favourite writers from Belgium and abroad and where they discover new talents. It is where authors and translators have access to a stage or a workspace. And every two years the Passa Porta Festival celebrates Brussels as a city of literature with the arrival of hundreds of writers and artists from around the world.

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