“City of Jasmine” opens the “Online Book Buffet” of the Goethe Institut

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Both literary sessions are organized in collaboration with Dhaka Lit Fest, Bangladesh Liberal Arts University (ULAB) and North South University

The Goethe-Institut Libraries in South Asia ‘Lese Literati: Onleihe Book Buffet’ event series runs from August to November 2021. The series brings together German authors and readers, featuring renowned German authors international like Olga Grjasnowa, Joshua Gross, Kübra Gümüşay and more.

The Goethe-Institut Bangladesh opens the series with a virtual reading by German author Olga Grjasnowa with “City of Jasmin“and a book talk with Bangladeshi readers.” The City of Jasmine “” centers on Syria, starting with the hope of the two protagonists during the Arab Spring Revolution. Soon that hope fades into a desperate struggle for survival in wartime Syria as the two lose everything, and the story spreads to Paris and Berlin, where the protagonists seek to build new futures for themselves. .

The two literary sessions are run in collaboration with the Dhaka Festival of Lights, Bangladesh Liberal Arts University (ULAB) and North-South University.


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On August 18 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the public will be able to join in a reading with Olga Grjasnowa, moderated by Saad Z Hossain on Zoom. The reading will be in English with free access and open to all from registration.

On August 19, from 7 pm to 8 pm, an “Open Talk” between Olga Grjasnowa and six young readers of her book from Bangladesh, will be moderated by Priyanka Chowdhury. This program will be broadcast live on the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh Facebook page.

Dr Kirsten Hackenbroch, Director of Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, said: “Olga Grjasnowa joined the Bangladeshi literary scene at Dhaka Lit Fest 2018. Her novels on issues of migration, home (s) and identities captivated audiences then – and ‘City of Jasmine’ with its losing all-star players looking for a fresh start is a timely read in the present day.


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