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20 Oct 2020

Volkshaus Basel | Unionsaal, Rebgasse 12-14, 4058 Basel

Literaturhaus Basel

Öffentliche Veranstaltung

Timba Bema & Henri-Michel Yéré: La nuit était notre seule arme

Poetry reading

While they already receive much recognition for their poetry in the French-speaking world, the poems of Timba Bema and Henri-Michel Yéré are hardly received in the German-speaking world due to a lack of translations. In order to change this, the Literaturhaus Basel organizes a French-German poetry evening presenting a selection of poems by the two authors translated into German.

Timba Bema (born in the Bali district of Douala, Cameroon) was awarded the Grand Prix Littéraire d'Afrique Noire in 2018 for the poetry collection "Les seins de l'amante". He writes short stories and poems and is the initiator of the online magazine "Revue des Citoyens des Lettres". Since 2007 he has been living and working in Lausanne.

Henri-Michel Yéré (born 1978 in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire) has published several collections of poetry and was awarded the Bernard Dadié National Prize for Debut Writing (Côte d'Ivoire) for "La nuit était notre seule arme" in 2016. He works as a postdoc at the Centre for African Studies in Basel.

The evening will take place in German and French. The reading is musically framed by Sinaly Zon.

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