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Leipzig’s “1003 Nights” contest: who won?

in Contests/Literature/Philosophies by
The historic "Spoon Family" sign at Feinkost in Leipzig.

“I’m having another sip of tap water. My blindfold mask has fallen, the authors have returned to their word-children and my curiosity has been quenched, as has my quadrilingual спрага, Durst, жажда, thirst.”

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Cavafy: the lighthouse of Alexandria

in Poetry by
Old lighthouse. (Photo: public domain)

If you still haven’t had the chance to encounter C.P. Cavafy during your literary adventures, maybe you will be happy to let this lighthouse of Alexandria guide you through centuries of Greek history – and timeless insights into the human condition.

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Hadrian: love, life, regrets of an emperor

in History/Literature by
Moon over Rome.

“Wise, modest, educated, intelligent, brave, full of virtues that almost make him a divinity for his own subjects, seems to the reader this Hadrian. At the same time, he is a man who commits crimes and falls in love as only mortals can.”

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Literary Contest: 1003 Nights (of Leipzig)

in Literature/My Leipzig by
Photo credit: Jonathan Kos-Read on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-ND

“If I believe the story or get carried away by the flow of the poem – I’ll fall in love at first sight, like nineteen years ago, when I fell in love with Leipzig instantly.” Submissions open from 1 May to 1 August 2018.

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Webb: the sacred, the profane, the human

in Literature/Philosophies/Theater by
What is sacred, profane and profoundly human in us all? (Photo: public domain)

“What I look for myself in the writers I most admire and enjoy is insight into the ways human beings can experience a sense of being drawn or pulled toward something beyond themselves, and how their response to that can raise them to becoming something more than they were or perhaps than they could even have imagined.” – Prof. Eugene Webb. Interview by Felipe Cherubin.

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Book Fair: around the world in four days

in Literature/What's on by
Spring time, Book Fair Time, when the city becomes the literary globe in miniature. No planes, no ships needed – the world cruise can be undertaken in four days, on foot, by bike, by tram.

“Returning cranes traverse the bleak skies with molecules of south rainbow on their wings – and new stories of their travels.” Novelist Svetlana Lavockina shares her itinerary for the Leipziger Buchmesse.

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