Debrecen and literature


Literature also heals by creating communities, and this is the idea that inspired the initiative. The concept was nothing new: Rome had had a tradition of ‘speaking’ statues for several millennia, where the works of art spoke the populace’s mind and conveyed their messages to others.Debrecen had such a ‘speaking statue’, too, and that it was found in Magda Szabó’s novel Abigél. It provides an opportunity to message one another through literature and poetry, and thus rebuild our communities and cure one another with the power of literature. The goal is to have passers-by stop for a moment, read a few beautiful lines and quotes of healing power and perhaps also send messages to their fellow residents in the same way.