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The Many Faces of 1918

Présentation de l'anthologie

EN: Downfall, new beginning, liberation, pause in the European civil war

International anthology on the year of remembrance

The year 1918 is seen very differently in many of the countries represented by embassies in Luxembourg and Luxembourg itself. In some countries it stands for defeat, the beginning of a civil war, in other countries it represents a loss, for some it equals liberation, victory, albeit perhaps a Pyrrhic victory. In some cases even different points of view may co-exist within one country (e.g. defeat but also democratization, new states based on the idea of self-determination, but only for a part of the population).

Publicists also describe the events in a mixed manner, their analyses range from peace at last to, at best, a short break during the 30 years of civil war in Europe. Particularly bearing in mind how differently 1914 was commemorated in the various countries, it becomes obvious how much the focus shifts depending on the national point of view.

Especially World War I is characterized by completely opposing and parallel narratives. However, Europe can only be understood if these divergent narratives are permitted and allowed to co-exist. Europe does not need one single interpretation of history but a fruitful co-existence of different views and opinions. That is why 17 countries represented in Luxembourg have decided - on initiative of the Austrian Embassy - to creatively portray this diversity by an international anthology. The following countries participate: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States

Every participating country has chosen an author to produce a short text (not more than five pages) which reflects the national view of the year 1918. The texts have been translated (into English) and will be published together in an anthology. The result is astounding: a salmagundi of literary texts - be it short stories, be it essays - that shows exactly the multitude of possibilities on how to approach 1918. The well-known Luxembourgish writer Germaine Goetzinger has written a short introduction to this anthology.

The presentation of the publication is planned on November 20th 2018 in neimenster as a cooperation of all participating countries with Institut Pierre Werner. Some writers will be invited to Luxembourg, either for reading excerpts from their text or for participating in a round table to discuss their approach to 1918. An electronic version will ensure further distribution.

Organisation: IPW, Ambassades de AT, BE, CH, DE, CZ, FR, HU, IE, IT, PL, PT, RF, RO, SRB, TK, UK, USA, Ministère de la Culture / Soutien: neimënster, Fondation de l'Indépendance BIL