28th Vilenica International Literary Festival
10 – 15 September 2013
The theme of this year’s Vilenica Festival is the Inspiration of Borders. Swiss authors Erica Pedretti and Raphael Urweider appeared at the presentation of the Antologija sodobne švicarske književosti [The Anthology of Contemporary Swiss Literature] in May 2013. During the festival itself Ilma Rakusa, Arno Camenisch, Lukas Bärfuss, Michel Layaz in Pietro De Marchi will give presentations revealing how literature functions in the political context of quadrilinguilism, and what are the connections between Swiss literature and the larger spaces of German, French, and Italian literatures.
This theme also raises questions about the situation of Slovenian literature that emerges in the regions in Italy and Austria beyond Slovenia’s borders. In this context, Vilenica will present the author Florjan Lipuš, from Austrian Carinthia, whose novel Poizvedovanje za imenom [Inquiry after a Name] was recently published by the Litera publishing house. In addition, the American Dalkey Archive Press will be publishing the translation by Michael Biggins of Lipuš’s previous novelZmote dijaka Tjaža. The 28th Vilenica Festival will also have close links to writers in the Slovenian border region of Italy. One of Vilenica’s preview evenings will take place in Trieste, and there will be an evening event at Duino Castle where special attention will be paid to Boris Pahor and Ludwig Hartinger, Vilenica Honorary Guests 2013.
The theme of this year’s Vilenica Festival has also provided inspiration for a debate that will take place during the Central European Initiative round table while the question of interdisciplinary collaboration between literature, film, video, and other forms of interactive dynamic images will be addressed at the 11th International Comparative Literature Colloquium.