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Fabula celebrates world literature

Publisher Beletrina and arts centre Cankarjev Dom presenting the 20th Fabula international literary festival.
Photo: Bor Slana/STA

Fabula, the international literary festival, will celebrate world literature for the 20th year running this month, headlined by six acclaimed authors, including Ukrainian author and philosopher Oksana Zabuzhko and Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo.

Adopting (re)constructions of memory as its theme, this year the festival will be looking at how the shadows of the past influence the present and what lessons they communicate for the future.

The central part of the festival - Fabula's Literary Evenings at Ljubljana's Cankarjev Dom arts centre - will open on 3 March with Zabuzhko, who will present Field Research in Ukrainian Sex, her cult 1996 novel about social and sexual oppression of women.

As part of the series Romanian writer Tatiana Țîbuleac will talk about The Glass Garden, her second novel, which won her the EU Prize for Literature. Portuguese author José Luís Peixoto will present his Oceanos Prize-winning novel Galveias and Hungary's Laszlo Krasznahorkai will discuss his 1985 debut novel Satantango.

Appearing in the Fabula in Theory programme, British author Evaristo will talk about Manifesto: On Never Giving Up, an account of her life and career, about the way she rebelled against the mainstream and fought for decades to show her creative work to the world.

Her Booker Prize-winning novel Girl, Woman, Other has inspired a dance-theatre event, which will take place at the Mini Theatre on 22 March.

Fabula Hub programme will feature Spanish author Cristina Morales, who has won numerous awards for her work, including the Granta literary magazine's 2021 title of Best Young Spanish Fiction Writer. She will speak about engaged writing.

Italian writer and essayist Antonio Scurati will speak about M. Son of the Century, his historical novel about the rise of fascism, at a hybrid event called Fabula after Fabula on 2 April. Except for him, all other authors will be in Ljubljana in person.

A number of accompanying events will be held, including creative workshops, exhibitions, reading and film matinees, a literary trail and book premieres. Seven Slovenian writers will be presented in collaboration with the Association of Slovenian Literary Critics.

Produced by publisher Beletrina in collaboration with Cankarjev Dom and several other partners, Fabula's mission is to bring contemporary literary production from around the world to Slovenia, intertwining international literature and local writers.

All events will be admission free, and will be recorded to be available online after the festival. For detailed programme click here.


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