Literature in Exile

Literature in Exile

Book Pages: 192 Illustrations: Published: March 1990

Editor: John Glad

Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Criticism

In December 1987 a group of published novelists, poets, and journalists met in Vienna to participate in the Wheatland Conference on Literature. The writers presented papers addressing their common experience—that of being exiled. Each explored different facets of the condition of exile, providing answers to questions such as: What do exiled writers have in common? What is the exile’s obligation to colleagues and readers in the country of origin? Is the effect of changing languages one of enrichment or impoverishment? How does the new society treat the emigre? Following each essay is a peer discussion of the topic addressed.
The volume includes writers whose origins lie in Central Europe, South Africa, Israel, Cuba, Chile, Somalia, and Turkey. Through their testimony of the creative process in exile, we gain insight into the forces which affect the creative process as a whole.

Contributors. William Gass, Yury Miloslavsky, Jan Vladislav, Jiri Grusa, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Horst Bienek, Edward Limonov, Nedim Gursel, Nuruddin Farah, Jaroslav Vejvoda, Anton Shammas, Joseph Brodsky, Wojciech Karpinski, Thomas Venclova, Yuri Druzhnikov



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Preface vii

The Philosophical Significance of Exile / William Gass 1

Aquae et ignis interdictio / Yury Miloslavsky 8

Exile, Responsibility, Destiny / Jan Vladislav 14

The Portable Ghetto / Jirí Gruša 28

The Invisible Exile / Guillermo Cabrera Infante 34

Exile Is Rebellion / Horst Bienek 41

Thirteen Studies on Exile / Edward Limonov 49

Words of Exile / Nedim Gürsel 59

In Praise of Exile / Nuruddin Farah 64

This Swelling Exodus / Jaroslav Vejvoda 78

Exile from a Democracy / Anton Shammas 84

The Condition We Call "Exile" / Joseph Brodsky 100

The Exile as Writer: A Conversation about Sorrow and Joy / Wojciech Karpinski 131

An Exercise in Futility: The Case of Andrei Kurbsky / Tomas Venclova 139

Report of a New Arrival / Yuri Druzhnikow 149

Glossary of Names 155

Notes on Contributors 162
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Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-0987-1
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