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Ilija Trojanow

Ilija Trojanow

born 1965 in Sofia, grew up in Kenya and now lives in Vienna. Trojanow has received numerous awards, including the Adelbert-von-Chamisso-Preis 2000, the Preis der Leipziger Buchmesse 2006 and the Berliner Literaturpreis 2007. Next to his extensive literary works, he has published essays and reports on global political and cultural issues. His book "Der Weltensammler" (2006) is a bestseller.


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Ilija Trojanow - The Superfluous Human

Someone who neither consumes nor produces is redundant - according to the cutthroat logics of late capitalism. International elites claim that overpopulation is our greatest problem. If the population needs to be reduced, who will have to disappear asks Trojanow in his humanist essay that argues against the redundancy of humankind. In his forceful analysis he covers points such as devastation caused by climate change, ruthless neo-liberal politics on the labor market and the apocalypses presented in mass media that we, the seeming winners, fervently consume. One thing we have failed to realize is that these issues also concern us. They concern everyone and everything.