UK audiences tired of hearing about the troubled present will have a chance to hear about the troubled history behind the Iron Curtain, with appearances by Albanian and Slovak authors at various locations throughout the week.
Oct. 15th sees the book launch of False Apocalypse by Fatos Lubonja and translated from the Albanian by John Hodgson for Istros Books. The novel takes place during the disastrous pyramid schemes that rocked the country in 1997. The same day will see the launch of Peter Krištúfek’s novel The House of The Deaf Man, translated from the Slovak by Julia and Peter Sherwood. The launch takes place at 6:00 at the Slovak embassy, Lubonja’s launch at 6:30 at the London School of Economics. Attend both events and you win a free lifetime subscription to Literalab.
On Oct. 16th, Lubonja and Krištúfek will take part in a discussion entitled “Internal Exiles: What does it mean to be an exile in your own country?” at the Free Word Centre that also includes Welsh writer Francesca Rhydderch. It costs £5 but the Parthian Books website includes the valuable information that this price includes a free glass of wine.
On Oct. 17th the same trio will appear at the New Under the Sun festival in Cardiff on a panel about International Literature talking about similar themes as the previous evening. Admission £3, no information about alcohol available, free or otherwise.
And finally on Oct. 19th, Lubonja and Krištúfek will appear at the Ilkley Literature Festival to speak and present their books.