Poetry Talk “Poetry on Life’s Journey”

Poetry Talk “Poetry on Life’s Journey”

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Poetry on Lifes Journey

Sun 21 Feb 2016, 9 am

From L’Espace:

You are invited to poetry talk “Poetry on Life’s Journey” with the participation of:

Winner of the Goncourt Prize for Poetry 1996

– Mr JEAN-PIERRE ORBAN, writer, poet, translator, researcher
Winner of European Book Prize 2015

– Mr NGUYỄN QUANG THIỀU, writer and translator
Vice Chairman of Vietnam Writers Association, First Vice Secretary General of Association of Afro-Asiatic Writers

– Facilitator: Mr PHẠM XUÂN NGUYÊN
Writer, critic, translator
Chairman of Hanoi Writers Association

Life is journeys. The footsteps of people riding on the same journey are to find a certain destination. Life’s journeys are made by humans’ destinies. Individuals’ life paths meet, intersect, come together and diverge, making life history of each one as well as of human race. To live is to walk on the path, walk on one’s feet and walk with one’s destiny. On such life journey, humans have created poetry, or literature in general, to have a companion and to share their feelings, experiences and experiments about life.

Stendhal, French writer once said each novel is like a mirror walking on the road, reflecting the high blue sky, and even a small puddle on the roadside. It can be added: the infinite universe inside everyone’s soul. How arduous are the human paths on earth, in desert paths, swamp paths, and plateau paths; Where are they – the little girls in fairy tales tasked with sprinkling flowers on such the paths, as the Swedish writer, Selma Lagerlof wrote.

Is poetry such flowers on one’s own life journey? Please come and listen to the conversation between the three poets, Andre Velter (France), Jean-Pierre Orban (Belgium) and Nguyen Quang Thieu (Vietnam) under the facilitation of the literary critic Pham Xuan Nguyen in the atmosphere of Spring and traditional Tet (Lunar New Year) to think and discuss. (Pham Xuan Nguyen)

Europe, just like Vietnam, has long history in poetry and poetry has become a tool to maintain and develop the diversity of European languages, historical and cultural values. On the occasion of Vietnam Poetry Day 2016, the Delegation of the European Union to Vietnam is honoured to invite two renowned European poets, from France and Belgium, to participate in a Poetry Talk, together with Vietnamese poet and writers, with a view to facilitate cultural exchange and present European literature/poetry diversity to Vietnamese poetry lovers.

Language: French – Vietnamese

Free entrance.

Institut Français de Hanoi – L’Espace
24 Tràng Tiền, Hà Nội
Điện thoại: (84-4) 39 36 21 64
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