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Wagdy El Komy, Jafar Sael, Joël László and Jurczok 1001

Literaturhaus Basel

Writing as an act of resistance can take many forms. Sometimes that resistance is expressed in the way authors push language to the point of exhaustion. For authors who live under authoritarian regimes, the simple act of writing itself can represent the most important form of resistance. The poet Jafar Sael (Afghanistan) and the writer and journalist Wagdy El Komy (Egypt) discuss the potential the act of writing offers as resistance and its limits with the spoken-word-poet Jurczok 1001 and the author and translator Joël László. They are all part of the project Keep Writing Switzerland, which brings together exiled authors and authors established in Switzerland to create new literary landscapes.

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