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Aminatta Forna

Aminatta Forna
Aminatta Forna

(Glasgow, 1964) is the daughter of a Sierra Leonese father and a Scottish mother. In her werk she focusses on why the horrors of war can work in the minds of people years later. Forna spent a part of her childhood in Sierra Leone where her father, a politician, was accused of treason and hung. About these sweeping events she wrote the autobiography The Devil that Danced on the Water (2003). Before her debut she worked as a reporter and documentary filmmaker with the BBC, where her probing coverage of Africa caught the eye. Three of Forna's books have been published in a Dutch translation. In her autobiographical Ancestor Stones (2006) her Sierra Leonese aunts do the talking and in the novel The Memory of Love (2010) a London psychiatrist in Freetown discovers that everybody is suffering form posttraumatic stress syndrome but no-one talks about their experiences. In The Hired Man (2013) Forna brilliantly paints the fermenting tension in postwar Croatia.

(WU 2014 GR)

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  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Talking to the writer: Aminatta Forna and Noreena Hertz

    Join the regulars' table. Host Francis Broekhuijsen welcomes Arie Boomsma, editor of beautiful poetry anthologies. We listen to their favourite music, and talk to them. Don't forget to have your books autographed. In English.

  • Winternachten 2014 – SATURDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Text of my Life: Aminatta Forna

    Which texts from world literature has writer Aminatta Forna cherished as long as she lives? This most beautiful or most inspiring text can be a poem, an excerpt from a novel or a song-text. She discusses the text with the audience. In English.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    The Turning Point

    Tonight three authors talk about their drives, motivations and inspiration for taking up a career as a writer in an often violent and complex world. Architect Andries Samuel, documentary maker and BBC reporter Aminatta Forna and constructional engineer Nihad Sirees decided to turn to fiction at a certain point in their lives. Andries Samuel, the son of Antjie Krog, made his debut in 2013 with the book of poetry Wanpraktyk. In her latest novel The Hired Man Forna sketches the fermenting tension in postwar Croatia. Nihad Sirees' great power is that he succeeds in turning fear into humor in his novel The Silence and the Roar. What compelled these three people to start writing? In English.

  • Winternachten 2014 – FRIDAY NIGHT UNLIMITED

    Like me. Please like me. Opening Lecture by Amin Maalouf

    See me. Hear me. Read me. Appreciate me. Be like me. Do like me. Join me: with the democratisation of the media owing to the Internet and the social media, there is a growing longing for recognition. Not only do celebrities have a stage to sparkle on, all those with a blog, Facebook or Twitter account can create their own little kingdom and think themselves a poet, a writer, a political expert or an expert on the environment. Boundaries fade; idols and politicians can be reached on Twitter, making it seem as if one really counts. And a like or a retweet is the reward. New online communities are formed, not hindered by national borders or local politics. The new world citizen creates his own virtual society of kindred spirits. What does it mean to live in a virtual world and what are the consequences for people's identities? Amin Maalouf ponders the deper layers and consequences behind a simple request: Like me. Followed by a debate on the topic. In English.