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time to listen

The project “Time to Listen” presents a collection of stories – told by narrators from all genres of art, from all over the world.

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Pierre Jarawan © Pierre Jarawan

Pierre Jarawan, Munich
Yeki Bood

“The best, the oldest stories in the world have always begun the same way.”: thus begin Pierre Jarawan’s recollections of Beirut, a ‘city of coruscating contradictions’; recollections that are shot through and through not only with stories but also with silences. And questions ...

Salha Obeid © Salha Obeid

Salha Obeid, Abu Dhabi
Drowning or What The Narrators Did Not Tell About Sallamah and Her Daughters

Sallamah feels an urge to go out on the sea. She wants to dive for pearls like her father before her. Being a girl, she is mocked, her wishes ignored. Instead, she is married off. When pearl-fishers perish, the blame falls on Sallamah.

Anke Kuhl © Anke Kuhl

Anke Kuhl, Frankfurt am Main
Blacky & Stupsi

Anke Kuhl once again recounts a children’s story that is not for the faint-hearted: Blacky, the black rabbit has to be separated from the other rabbits because it keeps biting them to the point of drawing blood. But Blacky gets a second chance ...

Jörg Mühle © Jörg Mühle

Jörg Mühle, Frankfurt am Main
Two for Me, One for You

The bear and the weasel have a delicious meal in front of them - consisting of three mushrooms. But who’s to get two, and who’s to get one? They argue and argue, putting their friendship at risk, until suddenly ...

More stories and encounters

(Un)Certainties / (Un)Gewissheiten Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

(Un)Certainties / (Un)Gewissheiten

Things that used to be regarded as certainties are no longer seen that way today. These stories about profound changes and sudden new insights – but also about comforting continuities – have been specially gathered together for Germany’s guest appearance at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair in May 2022.

Finally…! Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut


‘Finally’ is a word that can equate to a sigh of relief - an upsetting situation has finally come to an end. Or it can equally well herold a mighty conclusion, a furious finale. Look and listen to see how our storytellers deploy the word ‘finally’!

Museum of Embraces and Encounters Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Museum of Embraces and Encounters

A collection of stories about embraces: as an expression of close encounters, but also as a symbol of reconciliation, of overcoming opposites. The stories are told by artists from all parts of the world.

Poesien des Lebens Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Poetries of Life

How can we express the momentariness, the inconsistency, the vagueness or the monstrosity of an experience? Authors from all over the world try to do so in these clips: finding their own poetic way.

A good story Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

A good Story

We invite you to step back, for a long moment, from the overwhelming presence of what’s going on in the world: with a good story – based on true events, freely invented or both at the same time. By storytellers from all over the world. 

Conversations about Storytelling and Writing Illustration: Tobias Schrank © Goethe-Institut

Conversations about Storytelling and Writing

At the Frankfurt Book Fair 2021, curator Thomas Böhm talked with four of the authors who contributed to “Time to listen”. Guests were: Michal Hvorecký, Zaia Alexander, Antje Rávik Strubel und Colm Tóibín.

Realization: Thomas Böhm (texts, editing and design), Dr. Anne-Bitt Gerecke, Martin Bach, Marie Kiewe, Miriam Spinrath (editing and design), Marcus Sporkmann (video editing) und Eliphas Nyamogo (editing)


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