Author and former Solitude juror Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor will read from her novel The Dragonfly Sea (German: Das Meer der Libellen, published by DuMont Verlag, 2019), which tells the story of a young woman struggling to find her place in the world, at the Literaturhaus Stuttgart. The event will be moderated by Elke aus dem Moore.
»Dragonflies seem so ephemeral, but somehow they stay alive. The migratory history of dragonflies constitutes the longest migration that has ever taken place in the world. To write, I had to leave behind the place that inspired my stories.« Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
On the island of Pate, off the coast of Kenya, lives the headstrong Ayaana with her mother Munira. When a sailor named Muhidin enters her life, Ayaana finds something she has always longed for: A father. Yet as Ayaana grows up, she has to cope with drastic events that not only change her, but also life on Pate profoundly: Strangers with dubious pasts materialize, religious extremists seek refuge on the island, China puts out feelers to Africa and nature exacts its toll with a tsunami. So Ayaana decides to seek her fortune further afield and move to China to study.
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor was born in Kenya in 1968, lives in Nairobi and is one of the leading voices in the African literary sphere. She was a juror for the Solitude fellowships 2020/2021 in the textual sphere of practice. In 2019, she was one of the three curators of the international literature festival »MEMBRANE. African Literatures and Ideas«.
An event hosted by the Literaturhaus Stuttgart in cooperation with Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Institut français.