The discovery of America. The Trojan Horse. Juliet’s death – and Romeo’s too. The world is full of misunderstandings. They are an integral part of our culture, arising out of nowhere to insinuate themselves into everyday life as well as world events. All the more so in our age of global dialogue.
Clearing up misunderstandings once and for all cannot be done. And who would want to do so? Exploring the creative potential of imperfect understanding is far more interesting. The latest edition of Passages spotlights misunderstandings in world literature, between Switzerland’s linguistic regions, in the contemporary art market and between the cultures of East and West.