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How do we endure the memories of war, from whose ravages neither people, animals, nor the earth itself can escape? How do we reclaim what is left after war has destroyed lives, communities, buildings, and landscapes? How do we rebuild ourselves in the wake of ignominious battlefield defeats? Laurent Gaudé (Hear Our Defeats), Sinan Antoon (The Book of Collateral Damage), and Wu Ming-yi (The Stolen Bicycle) have all written fiction that explores the wreckage brought by wars of all kinds, in all countries, in stories that echo with urgent philosophical questions. Join them for a riveting discussion of how civilizations and individuals recapture what bombs and bullets have stolen from us—and how literature illuminates humanity’s ongoing struggle to remember, reclaim, and rebuild. Moderated by Julian Borger, world affairs editor for The Guardian.
Hosted by Albertine Books and presented with The Guardian, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York.