Marianna Kiyanovska’s volume of poetry ‘The Voices of Babyn Jar‘ (Kiev 2017) is set in the September of 1941, in the Babyn Jar gorge (Russian: Babij Jar) near Kiev, where over 33,000 Jewish women, men and children were murdered over two days by an NS special commando. In her poetry, Kiyanovska transforms the tormented mass into a harrowing choir. Through her articulation of looking away and looking, deafness and listening, foreboding, mistreatment, running, crowding, blocking out and calling, the nameless victims are given a voice. During the reading, Marianna Kiyanovska and Claudia Dathe will introduce the The Voices of Babyn Jar, and discuss the themes of memory and forgetting in a Ukrainian context.
This event is part of the INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL BASEL
You can find more detailed information about the programme at lyrikfestival-basel.ch.