Two foreign writers dedicated to reflecting on civilization in the tropics opened the Flip program on Friday (1/7). The North American Benjamin Moser and the British writer Kenneth Maxwell discussed (in Portuguese), the axes of Brazilian culture, including racism, Brazilian crises and deceptions, and national pride.
The meetings between reality and fiction, as well as the particularities of Latin-American prose came next, at the meeting between the Rio-based writer J.P. Cuenca and the Mexican Valeria Luiselli. The writers took part in a conversation on the - often tenuous - limits between life and art.
How is contemporary subjectivity constructed when based upon constant exhibition and the expectation of the perspective of others? Discussing the challenges to education and life in society in the era of social media, the psychoanalyst Christian Dunker and the anthropologist Paula Sibilia met at the table entitled 'The Ego Show'.
One of the most highly anticipated names on the program this year,
theNorwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard, brought the Flip audience to a standstill at the end of the afternoon. With a packed Authors’ Marquee, and under the guidance of Ángel Gurría-Quintana, the author was direct, assertive and emotional as he discussed the process involved in writing his series of memories “My Struggle”.
Three masters of humour in the Portuguese language met at the table entitled 'A Mishmash of Themes': the São Paulo native Tati Bernardi, the Portuguese writer Ricardo Araújo Pereira, and the Rio writer Gregorio Duvivier acting as coordinator. “At school, I found that it was funny when I discovered that I was ugly, and allowed myself to belong to the sort of trendy groups of kids, because I was the entertainment,” recalled Tati. “I was never my parents’ favorite child and I always knew this. But the thing was that I was an only child,” joked Ricardo.
The last table of the day belonged to erotic literature, and brought together the Peruvian journalist Gabriela Wiener and the São Paulo-based writer Juliana Frank. “One is based on real cases, the other surreal facts,” explained the mediator Daniel Benevides. While Gabriela unravels the underworld of sex in her reports, Juliana provides a voice for those caught up in sexual plots.
The Palavra Cantada duo and the musician Estevão Marques packed the Câmara Torres Cultural Center for the table “Quando música e literatura contam histórias” (“When music and literature tell stories”,) as part of the Authors’ Story Circle program. Storytelling with Marina Bastos, an educational concert as part of the ‘Circuito BNDES Musica Brasilis’, writing and illustration workshops, and Discussion Circles all contributed to the program that took place in the Praça da Matriz.
The young writers Diego Moraes, Márcio du Coqueiral and Jéssica Oliveira took part in the table entitled “Romance Periférico” (“Novels from the Margins”), which closed the “Páginas Anônimas” (“Anonymous Pages”) program focusing on new Brazilian writers. Chaired by Marçal Aquino, the conversation this Friday (1/7) brought up issues such as the importance of the city in literary construction.
On the second day of FlipMais, the “Retratos do leitor e do não leitor” closed with the tables entitled “O X da questão” and “Propostas”, that discussed the profile of the Brazilian reader and actions that could encourage reading. Following this, the documentary “Na fronteira com a Síria” was screened, with the participation of the journalist Patrícia Campos Mello, who shared her experiences of the conflict in Syria. The day closed with the film “Sabotage: maestro do Canão” about the rise of the rapper whose name provides the title of the film.