Guests

FAHIMEH FARSAI

Fahimeh Farsai studied law in Iran and holds a Masters Degree in Iran and Germany. She began her media career as a student at the Kayhan Cultural Group in Tehran. The publication of a short story in magazine Tamasha led to her arrest at Shah’s era. She left Iran in 1983 and lives since then in Germany.

Six novels and story- collections have been published by Fahimeh Farsai in German:”Glass Homeland”, “Poisoned Times”, “Escape and Other Stories”, “Take Care of Men, My Son!”, “That Tuesday my mother decided to become German” and “East-West Night of Nasrin”. Some of these works have been translated and published in English and Spanish. There is also a radio play and two screenplays in her artistic record. Her piece “Garish Green of Heart” has repeatedly played on the stages in Germany.

Fahimeh Farsai won the “Exile Story”- award from Baran- Publishing in Sweden, the “Heinrich Boell” Literary Prize, the “North Rhine-Westphalia Screenwriting”, 1999 Cultural-Scholarship NRW, 2014: Literature- Scholarship NRW and 2019 the “German Art Salon Literary Prize”. She is a member of the World Association of Writers (P.E.N) and Writers Association of Germany (SV).

Publishing in Farsi:

“A collective picture”, “Glass homeland”, “Poisoned time”, “Angel who did not want to talk” “Cassandra’s Fault “, and “Before hesitation”.

Farsai works currently as freelance with the German-language media Freitag and the Iran Journal, as well as with BBC, Radio Zamaneh and Kayhan- London.

KATERINA POLADJAN

Katerina Poladjan (Born 1971, Moscow) is a writer based in Berlin. She studied Applied Cultural Studies (philosophy and art) at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. In 2011, her debut novel, In einer Nacht, woanders (One Night, Elsewhere), was published by Rowohlt; in 2015 the novel Vielleicht Marseille (Perhaps Marseille); and in 2016, the literary travel book Hinter Sibirien (After Siberia). Poladjan has been nominated for the Alfred Döblin Prize and the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature, and awarded the Berlin Senate Scholarship, the Border Crossing Scholarship of the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Alfred Döblin Fellowship and the scholarship of the Prussian Marine Trade Foundation. Her new novel is sponsored by the German Literature Fund.

Katerina Poladjan was a fellow of the Cultural Academy Tarabya from July to the end of September 2017 and from March to May 2018.

MARINA WARNER

Marina Warner was born in 1946 in London. After spending her primary school years in Cairo and Brussels, she continued her education in England. She studied French and Italian at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. In addition to her novels and short stories, Warner is known for her works on women’s myths and symbols, fairy tales. She also gives lectures on literature, fairy tales and other literary genres.

In 1989, Warner won the Pen/MacMillan Silver Pen Award for her novel The Lost Father, and in 2012 she won the National Book Critics Association Award for her work Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights. Lastly in 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Medal from The British Acdemy.

Some works:

Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale [Bir Zamanlar, Bir Ülke­de… Masalların Kısa Tarihi, her firt work translated into Turkish]
Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights, 2012 [Yabancı Büyü: Tılsımlı Diyarlar & Binbir Gece Masalları]
The Lost Father [Kayıp Baba]
Forms of Enchantment: Writings on Art & Artists [Büyünün Farklı Biçimleri: Sanat ve Sanatçılar Üzerine Yazılar]
From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers [Canavar’dan Sarışın’a: Peri Ma­salları ve Anlatıcıları]
Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism [Joan of Arc: Kadın Kahramanlığının Görünüşü]

 

 

ULLA LENZE

Ulla Lenze studied music and philosophy in Cologne and now lives in Berlin. Her debut novel Schwester und Bruder (2003) (Sister and Brother) has won several awards, including the Jürgen Ponto Prize for the best debut novel and the Klagenfurt Bachmann Competition. The novel Archanu was published in 2008, followed in 2012 by Der kleine Rest des Todes (What Little Remains of Death) and in 2015 by Die endlose Stadt (The Endless City), in which Lenze finds connections among the metropolises of Berlin, Istanbul and Mumbai. Lenze has been Writer-in-Residence in Damascus, Istanbul, Mumbai and Venice. Her works have received many awards, and in 2016 she received the Literature Prize of the Cultural Committee of German Business for her œuvre.

In spring 2020 she will publish her new novel Der Empfänger in Germany, which will be released as The Radio Operator in the United States and many other countries.

Ulla Lenze was a fellow of the Tarabya Academy of Arts from May to August 2019.