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L’anecdote dans le contexte de l’histoire européenne commune
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What role does the anecdote play in European history? Writers Matei Visniec, Adrian Cioroianu, Jacques De Decker and Baudouin Decharneux take a closer look at the short narrative form

In French

"Using three anecdotes, you can make a portrait of a man," said Nietzsche. Anecdotes has always punctuated the culture. But what is its place in European history where little stories have crept in the wake of the Great History?

Answers from Baudouin Decharneux, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Université Libre de Bruxelles. Ambassador Adrian Cioroianu is Romania’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, historian and essayist. Matei Vişniec is a Romanian-French playwright, poet, novelist and journalist. The encounter is moderated by Jacques De Decker, Perpetual Secretary of the Académie royale de Langue et de Littérature françaises de Belgique.

Matei Vişniec

Born in Romania in 1956. From an early age, he discovered literature as a space dedicated to freedom. He draws his strengths from Kafka, Dostoevsky, Poe, Lautréamont. He loves the Surrealists, the Dadaists, absurd and grotesque theatre, surrealist poetry, fantastic literature, magical realism, even the realist Anglo-Saxon theatre. He loves everything except Socialist Realism.

Visniec studied philosophy at Bucharest University and became an active member of the so-called Eighties Generation, who left a clear stamp on the Romanian literature. He believes in cultural resistance, and in literature’s capacity to demolish totalitarianism. Above all, Matéi Visniec believes that theatre and poetry can denounce manipulation through "great ideas", as well as brainwashing through ideology.

Before 1987 Matéi Visniec had made a name for himself in Romania by his clear, lucid, bitter poetry. Starting with 1977, he wrote drama; the plays were much circulated in the literary milieus but were barred from staging. In September 1987, Visniec left Romania for France, where he was granted political asylum. He started writing in French and began working for Radio France Internationale. At the present time, Visniec has had many of his works staged in France, and some twenty of his plays written in French are published (Actes Sud-Papier, L'Harmattan, Lansman). His plays have been staged in more than 20 countries. In Romania, after the fall of Communism, Matéi Visniec has become one of the most frequently performed authors.

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We Nov 6, 2019 00:00
Grand'Place - 1000 Brussels
EUROPALIA ROMANIA, Bibliothèque des Riches Claires de la Ville de Bruxelles