fleshy interface: am ende der sprache gibt es keinen unterschied zwischen einem körper und einem vers (at the end of the language there is no difference between a body and a verse)
Lecture by Senthuran Varatharajah
Our language of love is a cannibalistic language. We speak of unification, of connection, of: Fusion. We say: I love you to bits. Or: I want to eat you up.
Senthuran Varatharajah’s second novel “Rot (Hunger)”, which will be published by S. Fischer Verlag in the summer of 2021, tells of an encounter: of Armin Meiwes, the so-called cannibal of Rotenburg, who 19 years ago met Bernd Brandes on the Internet and, as previously agreed, killed him, cut him up and ate parts of him.
“This is a love story.” With this sentence the novel will begin. “Rot (Hunger)” talks about the loneliness of the body, ie: of the sadness of our mouth. Of what, according to Bataille, weighs most heavily, that eroticism is so closely linked to annihilation.
In the opening lecture “Am Ende der Sprache gibt es keinen Unterschied zwischen einem Körper und einem Vers” Varatharajah talks about the literary and philosophical conditions of the possibility of his second novel, i.e. about a poetics of fragility: about hunger and verse, and about how the language of our jaws only ever tells a love story.
in cooperation with Literaturhaus