"It reflects on personal, political and utopian dreams and the mysterious reality of life itself," adds ilb, noting that the author, who writes in Portuguese, will be on Thursday in the "silent green Kulturquartier" space, inserted in the section “World Literatures”.
From the author, was launched last week in Portugal the book "The Elegant Terrorist and Other Stories", which brings together three novels written in partnership with the Mozambican Mia Couto.
The opening speech of the festival is delivered by Petina Gappah from Zimbabwe. The writer and lawyer recently published "Out of Darkness, Shining Light," a nineteenth-century novel that tells the story of how the body of Scottish researcher David Livingstone is transported by his companions from the interior of Africa to the east coast.
Also part of the program of the first day is the Austrian writer Raoul Schrott, who will present the latest work "Eine Geschichte des Windes" ("A History of the Wind").
The latest edition of ilb featured Portuguese illustrator and writer Fracisco Sousa Lobo, who participated in a panel on Novel Graphics. Guests from previous years also included Isabel Allende, David Grossman, Robert Menasse, Yasmnina Reza and Mario Vargas Llosa, among others.
Initiatives at the Berlin International Literature Festival this year focus on the Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1 + 2) venues and the newly opened James-Simon-Galerie, as Haus der Berliner Festspiele, which usually hosts the event , is in the works.
For eleven days, ilb is divided into several sections: World Literature, Reflections, International, Children's and Youth Literature, Memory, Science and the Humanities, Specials and History.