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Memoir and Memory: Aminatta Forna in Conversation with Elleke Boehmer

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Launch event for the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series. Aminatta Forna, OBE (novelist and memoirist, Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetics at Georgetown University) in conversation with Elleke Boehmer (Professor of World Literature in English, Oxford).

In this conversation, which took place on 20 October 2017 at the University of Oxford, award-winning novelist and memoirist Aminatta Forna and Elleke Boehmer discuss the ways in which Forna's work (which includes her novel The Memory of Love and memoir about Sierra Leone, The Devil That Danced on the Water) has portrayed situations of conflict and post-conflict, and how literature can offer new perspectives on commemoration, reconstruction and reconciliation.