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György Dragomán photoGyörgy Dragomán

György Dragomán is a Hungarian author and translator. His best-known work, The White King (2005) has been translated to at least 28 languages, including Finnish (Valkoinen kuningas). It is a collection of stories told by an 11-year old boy who is waiting for his father to be released from political imprisonment. Dragomán will visit the Collegium for five months in spring 2014.




Michal Ben-NaftaliMichal Ben-Naftali

Michal Ben-Naftali (Ph.D., Oxford, Philosophy) is a writer, philosopher, translator and an editor of The French series of the Hakibbutz Hameuchad publishing house. She has taught literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University. Her books written in Hebrew include Chronicle of Separation (2000), The Visitation of Hannah Arendt (2006), Childhood, A Book (2007), On Retreat (2009) and Spirit (2012). She has translated into Hebrew several works by Jacques Derrida and Julia Kristeva. Ben-Naftali visited the Collegium in autumn 2013.




Antje Strubel (image)Antje Rávic Strubel

The German writer Antje Rávic Strube was at the Collegium from September 2012 to February 2013. She has published several novels, short stories, essays and articles. She has been acknowledged by critics and she has won and been nominated for various literary awards. She has been interested in the former socialist Germany and gender issues. Her latest works include an essayistic travel book about Sweden, Gebrauchsanweisung für Schweden (2008), and novels such as Kältere Schichten der Luft (2007) and Sturz der Tage in die Nacht
(2011) which was nominated for the Deutscher Buchpreis in 2011.

Image: Zaia Alexander




Monique Truong (image)Monique Truong

The first visiting writer of the programme was Monique Truong, a Vietnamese American writer.  She has published two books: Bitter in the Mouth (2010) and The Book of Salt (2003). In addition she has co-edited a volume Watermark: Vietnamese American poetry & prose (1998) and written several essays. She visited the Collegium in spring 2012.

Image: Damijan Saccio