Writers of Europe
French (France) German (Germany)
In eleven episodes we get to know eleven countries through one or several major figures of literature and the works they have produced.
Varied archives as well as accounts by writers, filmed in emblematic places, make up these kaleidoscope portraits of Europe and national belonging. Four authors with converging perspectives on a Germany at the heart of all identity issues: Christoph Hein, Wladimir Kaminer, Bernhard Schlink and Emine Sevgi Özdamar. In Iceland we meet Arni Thorarinsson, one of the masters of crime fiction, Jon Kalman Stefánsson, more in the romanesque tradition, and Audur Ava Olafsdottir and her offbeat humour and modernity. Through their personality and strength of their literary identity, we grasp part of this fascinating country.