In November 2018 Volha Hapeyeva was a guest at the Literary Colloquim Berlin.

photo (c) LCB


»A unique atmosphere«

What are you working on at the moment?
I am working at new poems which touch upon such topics as vulnerability of our lives and minds, solitude and the skills of cohabitation in a general sense.
Also, I am editing and finishing a novel about the childhood of a girl who grew up at the time of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was part of the USSR.
When I get tired of my own writing, I translate other poets. At the moment, they are Federico Diaz Granados, Kobayashi Issa, and Matthias Göritz.

How does your stay in the Literary Colloquium Berlin affect you and your work?
The LCB gives me the wonderful opportunity to concentrate on my thoughts and ideas; it helps to listen to my inner voice and to see things from another, a bit detached perspective. Birds behind the window and ladybirds to this side of it, trying to get some last warmth, leaves that are flying upwards, silence in the house especially at the weekends – all this creates a unique atmosphere, which I guess will be seen in the poems and other texts created in my room in the LCB.

What experiences will you take home?
All of them.

This interview took place in November 2018.

During this residency (20.11.18) Volha took part in the reading and discussion “Landschaften des Umbruchs
Feldforschungen in den postsowjetischen Literaturen”. 

Die Literaturen auf dem Territorium der untergegangenen Sowjetunion haben sich seit den neunziger Jahren neu sortiert. Die Sowjetliteratur, ein durch ästhetische und politische Doktrinen, durch die lingua franca des Russischen und eine emphatische Übersetzungspolitik zusammengehaltenes Gebilde, mag zwar hier und da noch nachwirken, prägend aber sind die vielsprachigen Diversifikationen und Narrative. An diesem Abend hören Sie Lesungen und Gespräche zu unterschiedlichen Texten und Positionen.

Sofia Andruchowytsch (Kiew), Violet Grigoryan (Eriwan), Volha Hapeyeva (Minsk), Vadim Leventhal (St. Petersburg), Vladimir Rafejenko (Kiew) und Maria Stepanova (Moskau) in Lesung und Gespräch
Moderation: Odile Kennel, Olga Radetzkaja, Thomas Weiler


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