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Conrad Festival opens in Krakow

PR dla Zagranicy
Peter Gentle 03.11.2011 12:00
Writers Namita Gokhale from India and David Grossman from Israel are two of the star guests at the third edition of the Conrad Festival and the 15th Krakow Book Fair which has opened in Krakow, southern Poland.

Namita Gokhale David Grossman in Krakow; photo - PAP

The Conrad Festival, which comes under the honorary patronage of President Bronislaw Komorowski, takes its name from Polish-born writer Joseph Conrad (Jozef Korzeniowski), but is concerned with literature in general, rather than the work of the author of Heart of Darkness.

The event draws a number of international literary figures to the city.

Guests this year also include French scribe Michel Houellebecq, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 2010, as well as Italian writer Robert Calasso, who is noted for his reworkings of ancient mythologies, both European and Asian.

Many of the writers present at the event will also have the opportunity to promote their works at the 15th Krakow Book Fair.

Scores of publishing houses have set up stalls in the vast exhibiting halls east of the city centre, and readers will have the opportunity to meet with many noted authors.

Both events close on Sunday 6 November. (nh/pg)

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