Kader Abdolah & Funda Müjde: Literary Contraband
Just picture this amazing duo: writer Kader Abdolah and cabaret artist, actress and columnist Funda Müjde. Both personally recommend their favourite book. They tell you specially why you should read it. They use their most beautiful words to describe that one book, a book from their native country that has not yet been translated into Dutch, but which should have been translated ages ago.
Kader Abdolah made a plea for the epic poem Shahnameh (Book of Kings) written between 977 and 1010 by Persian poet Ferdowsi.
Funda Müjde gave praise to the historical novel Şu Çılgın Türkler (These Crazy Turks) by Turkish dramaturgue and novelist Turgut Özakman (1930-2013).
In this program, Writers Unlimited shines a spotlight on books that remain undiscovered in the Netherlands, great books that have not yet found their way to the Netherlands or the rest of the world. The writers take up the challenge to convince you - and hopefully a publisher - that their chosen books must be translated.
It was twice the treat, because Abdolah and Müjde know how to seduce, entertain and enthuse an audience. A unique pair. It became a marvellous and compelling Saturday afternoon at the festival in The Hague.
Right after the performance, Funda Müjde en Kader Abdolah were at the Van Stockum Bookshop in the lobby for a booksigning session.
Source archive materials: Collection EYE Filmmuseum