16 November 2011 Tygodnik Powszechny sums up the festival

Today’s issue of the Tygodnik Powszechny contains a Special Supplement summing up the third edition of the Conrad Festival and includes, among other things, interviews with David Grossman and Marek Bieńczyk.

“I have never been to Krakow,” Alberto Miguel said during the Festival. “Yet, I feel like I know this place very well, as in the past, thanks to literature, I’ve been to the Middle Ages, visited old Talmudic schools, got to know Bruno Schulz’s texts, I know the horrors of Nazi occupation . . . Krakow is a place where stories blend, it’s one of those fantastic places with many roads leading to it. One of the most important of these roads is the road of literature.”

“I am interested in a certain area of human life: accidental experiences and situations that we do not want to be a part of, actions that are not in harmony with our will or desires, but which have a decisive impact on us,” David Gossman confesses to Karolina Szymaniak.

“The rifts in my prose are intended to hand over the narration to something or someone else. In this way I cut the text so that the sense of my writing can leak out through the crack, like water flows from a river if we dig up the banks,” Marek Bieńczyk tells the Tygodnik Powszechny.

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