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The Past is not even the Past. A conversation with Georgi Gospodinov

The Past is not even the Past. A conversation with Georgi Gospodinov

A conversation with Georgi Gospodinov

Host: Grzegorz Jankowicz

What do we learn about the modern world and globalised society from the fact that we experience two opposite emotions – on the one hand, we feel that we have completely broken off all links with the past and we are either living in the moment or are constantly trying to imagine some kind of near or distant future, all while on the other we are constantly stumbling over relics of the past, which are used by politicians as fuel for ideological indoctrination. What if everyone could choose a past and live in it until our final breath? What if every nation could pick a historical period that they find attractive, and then rebuild the social conditions to live as they used to? Gospodinov’s fiction offers a critical look at our need to stop time, which can lead to a total destruction of an individual and of the collective.

25 October, at 21:00 AST, Straszewskiego 21-22

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