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Khaled Khalifa

- The world has failed Syria

Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa (b. 1964), a finalist of the National Book Award for Death is Hard Work, lives in Damascus. Next February he will be in Bergen to talk about the daily life in Syria and the role of literature in conflict areas.

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Hailing a unique creative voice

Some people place American poet and essayist Mary Ruefle in company with Anne Carson and Maggie Nelson. To Bergen author Gunnhild Øyehaug, though, she is in a class of her own.

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Was Nelson Mandela too forgiving?

Young South Africans like poet Koleka Putuma are critical of Nelson Mandela and the idea of a "Rainbow Nation", while professor Njabulo Ndebele seeks to preserve Mandela's heritage. Both will attend the Bergen International Literary Festival next February. 

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An unusual look at the ordinary

The programme for next year's Bergen International Literary Festival aims to challenge our understanding of the ordinary, says festival director Teresa Grøtan.

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“An explosion of new literature”

The perspective of the majority, who were brutally suppressed by the apartheid regime, has now become the norm in new South African literature, says professor Njabulo Ndebele.

Chair Birthe Kåfjord Lange

LitFestBergen becomes independent foundation

Birthe Kåfjord Lange, who chairs the new board of trustees for the event, did not think she was in the target audience for literary festivals.

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