BIBLIOTOPIA 2020 | Elisa Shua Dusapin and Pascale Kramer: On Family and Personal Identity
BIBLIOTOPIA, 3rd edition online!
Elisa Shua Dusapin and Pascale Kramer in Conversation
On Family and Personal Identity
Elisa Shua Dusapin, of Korean and French heritage, was raised in Paris, Seoul and the Swiss Jura. She graduated in 2014 from l’Institut littéraire suisse de Bienne (Haute Ecole des Arts de Berne). She is an award-winning author of three novels, “Winter in Sokcho” (Robert Walser Prize 2016, Révélation de la Société des Gens de Lettres Prize), and “Les billes du Pachinko” (Prix suisse de littérature 2019). Her latest novel, “Vladivostok Circus”, has been in the first selection of Prix Femina 2020. Her novels, all published in French by Zoe Editions, take the reader to Korea, Japan and eastern Russia, and explore the themes of family and ancestry, shared identities and divided selves.
Pascale Kramer, born in Geneva, was raised in Lausanne and now lives in Paris. She is the prize-winning writer of fourteen books, including three novels published in English: “The Living” (University of Nebraska Press, 2007), “The Child” (Bellevue Literary Press, 2013) and “Autopsy of a Father” (Bellevue Literary Press, 2017). “Une famille” (Flammarion, 2018), her latest novel, focuses on the life of a family affected by the alcoholism of one of the children. She is the recipient of the 2017 Swiss Grand Prize for Literature awarded for her entire body of work, and other prestigious Swiss literary prizes including the Dentan Prize and the Schiller Prize. She directs an annual Paris documentary film festival about children’s rights, “Enfances dans le monde”, which she co-founded.
In English | Moderation: Salomé Kiner, journalist and literary critic | Interpretation: Starr Pirot et Frances Steinig-Huang
Fondation Jan Michalski, the 20 November 2020