Franzobel and Helge Jordheim
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The gruesome story of the ship Medusa that sailed off the coast of West Africa in 1816 has become iconic and is immersed in a painting by Théodore Géricault, among others. In the Medusa fleet , the Austrian author Franzobel gives his version of the event, told in a surprisingly humorous and burlesque style.
The backdrop is a changing Europe. The worldview of the Enlightenment has become firmly established, while old superstitions still characterize the lower classes. What does the rise of modernity mean to the human mind? How do people react in extreme situations? How has the story of Medusa's fleet been understood at different times, and what can it tell us?
Stefan Griebl, Franzobel among literatures, boasts over 70 collections of poems, prose works and plays on the resume. With Medusa's fleet he is available for Norwegian readers for the first time, in Ute Neumann's translation. The novel won the Nicolas Born Prize in 2017 and was longlisted for the German Book Prize that year.
Helge Jordheim is professor of cultural history at UiO, with a special interest in the emergence of modernity and the history of European ideas. Now he meets Franzobel to talk about the human mind in a time of wrestling.
The event takes place in German with interpretation to Norwegian and is arranged with support from the Austrian Embassy in Oslo.