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Winternachten The Hague 2002

Winternachten 2002

Fri 18 - Sunday 20 January 2002


Live Anthology: taboos of love and literature

Theater aan het Spui
Live Bloemlezing 2002 - Foto Serge Ligtenberg
Live Bloemlezing 2002 - Foto Serge Ligtenberg

'These are the same people who used to think that anything goes and everything should be allowed. Now they want to prohibit everything which they suspect might bring enjoyment to someone else' (Gerrit Komrij).
Maybe 'taboo' is the most culturally specific notion possible. In the Netherlands, taboos in love or literature seem out of date since the 1960s. But in South Africa, a novel about homosexuality comes as a shock, and a South African makes internationally controversial movies about power, love and violence. Cultures collide when talking about taboos, so this should be a great starting point for a discussion with a collection of internationally renowned authors. This afternoon, eight writers read their favorite fragments from world literature with the theme of the taboo. In the ensuing conversation, the boundaries of culture and religion become apparent. Dutch/English spoken.