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Literature

Celebrating Urs Widmer

Pro Helvetia New Delhi in partnership with Readers’ Break
invites literature enthusiasts for a special open and participative discussion on
Urs Widmer’s unique dyad,
My Mother’s Lover (2000) and My Father’s Book (2004)
on Saturday 29 April 2017 from 6:30-8:00 at
Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council,

D-9, Second Floor, Gulmohar Park, New Delhi

In My Mother’s Lover, a son recounts in sensitive and subtly comic tones the unique love story of his mother, originally rich and beautiful but finally penniless, with a young and poor musician that would by the end gain all the fame and wealth this world can offer.

My Father’s Book brings the creative recollection further, as the son goes on rewriting the father’s interrupted journal, discovering his participation in 1920s artistic collectives that resisted the rise of imminent totalitarian forces.

Through these two works, Urs Widmer merges familial stories with world history, to offer a picture of reality shining with gravity and lightness.

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The reading and discussion in progress at Pro Helvetia New Delhi on 29 April 2017

Feedback from participant

“यह एक अच्छा प्रयास है। कृप्या इसे जारी रखे। स्विट्जरलैंड की संस्कृति और साहित्य के बारे में यह मेरा पहला अनुभव था। अच्छा लगा । काफी कुछ जानने को मिला । धन्यवाद ।”
– आकाश कुमार शर्मा

Translation:
“This was a good effort. Do continue with similar initiatives. It was my first encounter with Swiss culture and literature. Felt good. I learnt a lot. Thank you.”
– Akash Kumar Sharma