Programme of the 6th Edition of the Conrad Festival Revealed
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Meetings with prominent individuals from the world of literature, debates, exhibitions, film projections, theatre performances, workshops – all of this during the Conrad Festival in Kraków.
The festival features almost 100 outstanding individuals from the world of literature. The organizers have already revealed the details of the programme. Among the eminent names taking part in this year’s edition of the Conrad Festival there will be:
Boris Akunin – on of the best selling contemporary Russian writers, who will speak to Wacław Radziwinowicz, Gazeta Wyborcza’s corresponent in Moscow, about the realities of the Tsarist Russia, in which the storylines of his novels are set, as well as about playing with the literary conventions of the detective story.
Jaume Cabré – Catalan author of the bestselling, monumental and multi-threaded novel I Confess, a brave attempt to explore the nature of evil. The novel got a fantastic reception both among the critics and the audience all around the world and its author was deemed one of the most important contemporary European writers.
John Banville – a laureate of the prestigious Man Booker Prize, as well as the Irish Pen Award and the Franz Kafka Prize, considered by critics as one of the masters of style, who will speak about being an Irishman in the world of English literature and tell some secrets of his literary craftmanship as well.
Paul Auster – one of the highest rated American writers, author of the renowned New York Trilogy, also a screenwriter and director, whose books deal with the difficult matter of the existential condition of man at the turn of the millenium – his loneliness and loss – with the use of the popular detective story schemes given in the form of a postmodern pastiche.
Raja Shehadeh – a Palestinian lawyer and writer, prominent human rights activist in the Middle-East, author of the profoundly moving report Palestinian Walks, which presents an original and penetrating insight into the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, concentrating among other things on how the landscape of the Holy Land changes under its influence, how the green hills turn into concrete strongholds.
Miljenko Jergović – one of the most important Croatian writers, a laureate of The Angelus Central European Literature Award for his book Srda Sings at Dusk at Pentecost, the storyline of which is set in the realities of the Balkans in the turbulent and cruel times of the Yugoslavian state’s collapse and its aftermath. The author speaks about changes in people’s mentality that occurred during that period – an omnipresent suspiciousness and widespread fear of one’s own neighbors.
The Conrad Festival coincides with the 18th International Book Fair in Kraków, as well as with the first anniversary of granting Kraków the prestigious title of UNESCO’s City of Literature.
The detailed description of the event’s programme is available under this address: www.conradfestival.pl