Buch Wien

Common Ground –
Literature from Southeast Europe
in Vienna

November 2020

Common Ground – Literature from Southeast Europe. Under this title Traduki presents literature from the Southeast European region. The programme was set to see its grand opening at the Leipzig Book Fair in March 2020 and its continuation at the Buch Wien with several events. Unfortunately, both fairs had to be cancelled. However, the events at the ÖGL and Literaturhaus Wien will still go ahead.  

We invite you to explore Southeast Europe’s literary side and would be delighted, if we can join you on your journey.  

Thursday, 12 November


Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur Herrengasse 5, 1010 Wien
Homo Poeticus, Regardless
Danilo Kiš as a literary role model

With: Marko Dinić, Nikola Madžirov
Moderator: Katja Gasser

Marking the 30th anniversary of the writer Danilo Kiš’s death, North Macedonian poet and essayist Nikola Madžirov and Serbian-born, Vienna-based author Marko Dinić discuss Kiš’s influence on younger generations of writers.  

The German excerpts from the 2019 published novel Psalm 44 (translation by Katharina Wolf-Grießhaber) are read by Nikolaus Kinsky. 

Tuesday, 24 November


Literaturhaus Wien, Seidengasse 13, 1070 Wien
Tradukita Poezio – Poetry from Southeast Europe

With: Marianna Georgieva, Ervina Halili and others
Moderator: Annemarie Türk

Tradukita poezio – Poetry from Southeast Europe is a joint project of Edition Korrespondenzen andthe European network for literature and translation, TRADUKI. 

With this project the lively and diverse poetry scene of that region is made available to German-language readers. Ten bilingual poetry collections have been published to date. At the Literaturhauswe will present the project as a whole as well as the latest – and last – volume of the project.  

With the poets Marianna Georgieva from Sofia and Ervina Halili from Prishtina, their translatorsAndrea Grill and Alexander Sitzmannand publisher Reto Ziegler.  

The evening’s musical intermezzos will be provided by Jelena Popržan. 

The poems in German will be read by Naemi Latzer.

Common Ground in Vienna

The Buch Wien might be cancelled, but a small part of the Common Ground will be hosted in the Austrian capital and present interesting readings and talks. On 12 November the focus lies on the great European writer Danilo Kiš and his immense influence on younger generations of writers. On 24 November we will present the poetry series “Tradukita poezio – Poetry from Southeast Europe”. This fall, the final volume of this series, Marianna Georgieva’s ausweg, will see its publication. 

Our Venues in Vienna

In Vienna, the Common Ground will be hosted by the Austrian Society for Literature and Literaturhaus Wien. Special thanks to both venues for collaborating with us.