11 May '20

Sign of the Times: Édouard Louis

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam / deBalie
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11 May '20

Sign of the Times: Édouard Louis

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam / deBalie

At the age of 27 he is the literary sensation of the moment worldwide: the French writer Édouard Louis. Ever since he broke through in 2014 with his autobiographical novel 'Way with Eddy Bellegueule', about his childhood as a homosexual in a rough, poor and homophobic working-class family in northern France, he has been an important political voice in France.

Time: 19.30 - 21.30
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Grote Zaal

"Anyone who is a writer today must radically deal with the present"

With his work he starts discussions about class differences, racism and homophobia and does not hesitate to speak out politically: he demonstratively supported the yellow jacket movement and went into battle with Macron: “My book opposes who you are and what you do ".

On 11 May, during Sign of the Times, we will talk to Édouard Louis about the dividing lines between the elite and working class, between the opposition and the establishment. As a writer, how do you remain radical and independent when the world embraces your work and places it on a pedestal?

From 7 to 17 May Hans Kesting plays the monologue "Who killed my father", based on the book of the same name by Édouard Louis.

Sign of the times

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam and De Balie investigate current social themes with Sign of the Times. In earlier episodes, Femke Halsema and Thierry Baudet reflected on political identity, we spoke about the anger of Catalans with Carles Puigdemont fled from Spain, and French writer Kamel Daoud shed light on colonial identity. With Sign of the Times, De Balie and Internationaal Theater Amsterdam want to open the conversation, bring groups of people together and offer room for multiple perspectives. Also, or precisely, if opinions differ.

Who killed my father?

The anger infested "Who killed my father" is written in the you-form as a letter to his father. Louis found the reason for this in a visit that he made to his father after some absence, which he found almost unrecognizable. The man became old and sick prematurely, the result of a life marked by alcohol, social deprivation, hard work and an industrial accident. Louis lays the cause for the elite for whom politics is primarily an "aesthetic issue": she practices politics that have virtually no influence on their lives. The underclass, on the other hand, is bent under the cuts in benefits.

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