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Video streamed event and on demand: Carsten Jensen about exercises in goodbyes

Watch online on www.berwaldhallen.seRecorded at Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden
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Thursday 09 September 202118:00
On demand until Wednesday 08 December 2021 17:00Festival: Baltic Sea Festival

How does an author relate his work to the climate crisis? And can the aftermath of the pandemic contribute to increased awareness of how to secure a sustainable future for coming generations? In today’s talk from the National Library of Denmark, the Black Diamond, Copenhagen, we meet author Carsten Jensen in conversation with Josef Beltzikoff, Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Choir at Berwaldhallen. The starting point of the talk is Jensen’s latest book, Exercises in Goodbyes – A Corona Chronicle, published in November of 2020. One month before Denmark introduced a national lockdown, in March 2020, Carsten Jensen lost his stepson. For Jensen, the feeling of isolation became tangible in two senses, where loneliness in grief mirrored the social stillness of the pandemic. He decided to document the period in a number of essays – Exercises in GoodbyesIn the book, Jensen reflects on the loss of a loved one, but he also relates the personal and collective pain to the climate crisis we are currently facing and writes about what a sustainable future might look like after the pandemic. Is it possible to find strength for collective change through literature and music?

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