Reading »Very Compact Theory on Longing« by Vinicius Jatobá

“Very Compact Theory on Longing” was originally written by Vinicius Jatobá to be read and discussed at the Festival Sehnsucht at Literaturhaus Stuttgart. Unfortunately, Festival Sehnsucht had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that is why, Vinicius held…

Reading »Very Compact Theory on Longing« by Vinicius Jatobá

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“Very Compact Theory on Longing” was originally written by Vinicius Jatobá to be read and discussed at the Festival Sehnsucht at Literaturhaus Stuttgart. Unfortunately, Festival Sehnsucht had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that is why, Vinicius held his reading in front of a camera. Find a long version of the video with a German introduction by Stefanie Stegmann, director of Literaturhaus Stuttgart, followed by a a conversation between the author and Elke aus dem Moore, director of Akademie Schloss Solitude here: https://vimeo.com/415431609

The festival aimed to engage in dialogue with German-speaking and international guests from literature, culture, science, and society about the character of longing which can be both destructive and creative. Unfortunately, Festival Sehnsucht had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that is why, he held his reading in front of a camera.

»Sehnsucht« describes a very German emotional state that can rarely be translated literally into a certain language. Brazilian prose, essay, and stage author Vinicius Jatobá, fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude (2018/2020), will illuminate the related Portuguese term »Saudade« at the literature festival »Sehnsucht«. It expresses the pain of having lost something beloved, a form of backward-looking longing that can never be satisfied and about which Fernando Pessoa wrote: »Saudade – only Portuguese can know this feeling. Because only they possess this word, to call it by its real name.« Jatobá, who is considered one of the best young Brazilian authors, talks about the significance of »Saudade« for literature with the director of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Elke aus dem Moore.

Vinicius Jatobá was born in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil. He is a narrative, essay and theatre writer. He was chosen as one of the Best of Young Brazilian Writers by Granta Magazine. His stories have been translated to English, German, French and Spanish. In 2016/2017, he was an artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts and at Centre Internationale Les Récollets, both located in Paris/France. He holds a PhD in comparative literature.

Supported by the Innovation Fund of the Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg, in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation Baden-Württemberg, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and the atelier am bollwerk.

Find the original text here: https://schloss-post.com/very-compact-theory-on-longing/

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