Thursday 14 November 2019, at 6 pm
To mark the opening of the exhibition ‘Abandoned Dwellings of Beirut’, the Boghossian Foundation welcomes Oliver Rohe for a reading of his text Déplacements forcés.
The son of a German father and a Lebanese mother, the writer grew up in Beirut before settling in France in 1990. This new text chronicles the flight of several civilians during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Underlying this narrative of the events of summer 1982 is the issue of truth in the representation of war.
Oliver Rohe (Beyrouth, 1972) is the author of three novels– Défaut d’origine (Allia, 2003) [English translation: Origin Unknown, Dalkey Archive Press, 2013], Terrain vague (Allia, 2005) [English translation : Vacant Lot, Counterpath Press, 2011], Un peuple en petit (Gallimard, 2009) –, a biographical fiction based on Mikhaïl Kalachnikov, Ma dernière création est un piège à taupes (Editions Inculte, 2012, Babel Actes Sud 2015) and two essays – Une année en France (with François Bégaudeau and Arno Bertina, Gallimard, 2005), A fendre le cœur le plus dur (with Jérôme Ferrari, Editions Inculte, 2015, Babel Actes Sud 2017).
He also writes plays for radio station France Culture and contributes to several reviews and magazines. His books have been translated into English, German and Italian.
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