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Dana Grigorcea at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival as part of Swiss Literary Days

Photo credit: Ayşe Yavas

Dana Grigorcea at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

with Prof. Dr. Jyoti Sabharwal

Sunday 7 Feb 2021
4:00-5:00 pm IST
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Dana Grigorcea  will be part of a live online discussion moderated by Prof. Dr. Jyoti Sabharwal at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. The program will be the first amongst the series of the “Swiss Literary Days” under the “Swiss it!” framework.

Dana will read from her novel “An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence” as well as present her upcoming new book “Those Who Won’t Die” (Die Nicht Sterben), followed by a conversation with Dr. Jyoti Sabharwal of Delhi University.


An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence by Dana Grigorcea
A burlesque speedy downhill ride into Romanian history. 

Victoria has recently returned from Zurich to her hometown Bucharest, where she works as an employee in a bank. With the bank being robbed, things start to change for her: Victoria is given some time off work so she can process the traumatic experience. Her frequent strolls around the city bring back old memories from her childhood during the Ceausescu era and connect with her encounters in todays Bucharest – weaving together a lively portrait of Romania, as well as a book about remembrance.  

Read an excerpt here.



Born in Bucharest, Dana Grigorcea is a Swiss-Romanian essayist, novelist, and children’s book author living in Zürich. After studying in Belgium, Germany and Austria, Dana moved to Switzerland. Her essays have appeared in newspapers across Europe and her novels have been translated into several languages. Her 2011 debut novel ‘Baba Rada’ was awarded the Swiss Literary Pearl. She received the 3sat Prize in Klagenfurt at the 2015 Ingeborg Bachmann Competition for ‘An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence’. Dana has worked as a journalist in Vienna, Bonn and Strassburg. She was a lecturer of Film at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK. She writes essays and reports for the Frankfurter Allgemeine and Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

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