Chejov vs. Shakespeare
Idazleak / Writers: Bernardo Atxaga & Bashkim Shehu
A Donostia / San Sebastián 2016 European Capital of Culture´s project.
Argitaletxea / Publishing house: Erein
Urtea / Year: 2016
Correspondence between European writers
«In conflicts such as the Middle East, two literary visions converge: on one hand, the poetic justice of the Shakespearean style where no one compromises, where principles and honour prevail over all, even life, but the stage ends covered in blood; and on the other, the sad human justice of Chekhov, with characters that discuss their disagreements, resolve them and in the end return home rather frustrated. However, they return alive».
This literary project is based on this idea from Amos Oz and will see European writers exchange letters on literature, conflicts and the role of writers. Bernardo Atxaga, Harkaitz Cano, Eider Rodriguez, Luisa Etxenike, Laura Mintegi, Arantxa Urretabizkaia, Fernando Aramburu and Angel Erro will take part in this written conversation between communities, stories and literary practices, and they will be joined by authors such as Bashkim Shehu, Dubravka Ugresic, Belén Gopegui, Menna Elfyn, Birgit Vanderbeke, Héctor Abad, Patrik Ourednik and Mircea Cartarescu.