Perhaps your idea of a nice evening includes the idea of a good book, and why not a nice company. Every passionate reader likes to share his impressions and excitement from the book that has seized him. Here is our suggestion for a meeting of good literature and a pleasant company.
We are happy to announce you that the NGO House will be one of the hosts of the International event Literature Night , which will take place in twelve Bulgarian cities and is part of the Calendar of Cultural Events of Sofia Municipality in 2018.
The Night of Literature is held for the seventh time in Bulgaria. This year’s event will be on May 9 from 18 to 22 hours. In each of the participating cities interesting places for reading will be organized, where popular people will play the role of the readers. The NGO House will be one of the readers’ nests in the city of Sofia.
Our guests will be the Goethe Institute, and the visitors will be able to enjoy excerpts from Rafik Schami’s book “The woman who sold her man at the flea market, or how I became a story-teller”. The actor Dimitar Nikolov will lead us in the world of Schami.
In his book “The woman who sold her man at the flea market” Rafik Schami takes the reader to Damascus of his childhood and adolescence, in the Christian quarter of the city. Through funny and poetic stories, he tells how people, culture and traditions of his homeland have awakened his own talent and made him a narrator. His memories come alive in countless images and sounds, with the quiet voice of his childhood, which brings him back to past times and lost paradise places. The autobiographical moment in this book could be seen as the basis of a carpet in which the writer embodies the ornaments of his experience, as well as his reflections on the meaning of the fairy tale, on story-telling art, on today’s poorness of the language that prevents the good communication between people and their ability to listen, to be amazed, to rejoice.
Rafik Schami (1946), born and lived the first 25 years of his life in his beloved Damascus, saw himself forced to leave it in the early 1970s and, after a short wandering, settled in Germany where he lives today. He made his first steps in literature in Arabic , then as an emigrant he started writing in German and became one of the most read and translated German-language writers. He is author of books for children, of literary and publicistic essays, stories, novels, two of which, “The dark side of love” and “The secret of penman”, have been translated into nearly 30 languages.
We will be waiting for you!