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Mixed Media: Writers on Their Languages


April 27, 2006 | Columbia University Faculty House | New York City

With Bernardo Atxaga, Raymond Federman, Dubravka Ugresic, Hwang Sok-Yong, Agi Mishol, Yiyun Li & Boris Akunin; introduced by David Damrosch.

Writers are in the service of language itself and the specific language of their work. Writers in Basque, Korean, Hebrew, Russian, English, and Serbo-Croatian pay tribute to what is unique and specific about working in each language. 

• Entire Event

• David Damrosch offers introductory remarks
• Bernardo Atxaga reads three pieces about the Basque language
• Raymond Federman reads “Federman Without Limits”
• Dubravka Ugresic reads from The Ministry of Pain
• Hwang Sok-Yong reads from The Guest
• Agi Mishol discusses the Hebrew language
• Yiyun Li reads “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers”
• Boris Akunin discusses writing crime fiction in Russia


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