The Divan Sessions: The West-Eastern Divan
Goethe’s West-Eastern Divan, the poet’s personal attempt to broaden European horizons by exploring the concept of the Other and creating a poetic dialogue between East and West, marks its 200th anniversary this year.
Goethe expert Jan Wagner, Persian academic Narguess Farzad and poet Robin Robertson are joined by Haus Publishing’s Barbara Schwepcke to discuss this classic text and a specially commissioned series of new poems, translations and essays.
In 1971 Jan Wagner was born in Hamburg, Germany, and currently lives in Berlin. He studied English and American studies at Hamburg University and at Trinity College Dublin. A literary critic and translator, he is the author of the poetry collections Probebohrung im Himmel (2001); Guerickes Sperling (2004); Achtzehn Pasteten (2007); Australien (2010); Die Eulenhasser in den Hallenhäusern (2012) and the anthology Selbstporträt mit Bienenschwarm (2016). In 2017, he published his newest collection of essays Der verschlossene Raum. In 2017, he received the Georg-Büchner Prize.