Sit back, close your eyes and listen to the world as told in short stories
Language lovers of the world, unite! Our bookcases are slowly but surely being drained of variety. In our globalized world, English has entrenched itself in a position of dominance, pushing other languages off the shelf.
University Writer in Residence, Annelies Verbeke, has brought together her love of the short story with her goal of ensuring greater diversity in our international book section in a new project: 'The World in Short'.
Annelies Verbeke asked students and employees at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam to submit their favourite short story in a language other than English (original language of publication). From 7 May onwards, you’ll be able to listen to the podcast version of some of these stories, translated into Dutch and English, using six podcast chairs located around the VU Campus. The podcast will include some information about the person who submitted the story, the translator and the story itself. All the entries will also be brought together in a unique anthology, to be printed in a special edition of the student literary magazine 'Expanded Field'. So sit back, close your eyes, and listen.
Where are the podcast chairs located?
Travel the world in six short stories. Sit back and listen on one of the new podcast chairs, which you will find at various locations on the VU campus from 7 May. Pick up the handset. Dial a number. Close your eyes. And listen.
Podcast chair locations: Main Building, corridor 2D | Main Building, lobby area next to VU University Bookshop | Faculty of Medicine, restaurant | W&N at Tims corner | O|2 building, lobby area | 2nd floor of Initium Building
Listen to the podcasts
1. Een slachtoffer van de reclame – Emile Zola. Uitgekozen en vertaald uit het Frans door Marjolein van Tooren
2. De vijfde droom - Günther Eich – uit het Duits – uitgekozen door Phillip Kerstens
3. Het wereldse leven in een notendop – uitgekozen en vertaald uit het Arabisch door Tarek Khater
4. De Danseres - Olga Tokarczuk – vertaald uit het Pools door Karol Lesman – uitgekozen door Natalia Stebelska
5. Toba Tek Singh - Saadat Hasan Manto – chosen by Vinod Subramaniam
6. God forbid the blind start seeing - Aleko Konstantinov – chosen and translated by Peter Slavov