polip – International Literature Festival
10- 12 May 2013
Organized by Qendra Multimedia, Prishtina
in cooperation with BETON, Belgrade
LITERATURE OF THE SEPARATED WORLDS
Literature produced in happy countries is alike, but literature written in countries dominated by ongoing crisis has a uniqueness which cannot be compared to anything else.
Separate communities amongst which communication has been interrupted due to war, inter-ethnic conflict, or political tensions that last for decades, with the occasional escalation of violence, cultivate two types of literature. One is nationally aware and used in the mission of building a state to protect national and territorial interests, while the other, the literature of minorities and the marginalized, attempts to understand one side, and also, the other.
As the polip 2013 festival is organized by two organizations from such environments, they are going to present in this year’s edition, authors with experience of such a life and writing, where dealing with literature is not so simple and comfortable. Recently, the world has heard news reports on the government’s response in Azerbaijan to the novel of their respected writer Akram Eylisli, who «had the courage» to write a novel about friendship with Armenians and the violence that was committed against them in 1990 in Baku. The writer has been excluded from his community and they have started a “hunting season” towards him.
Things like this are not unknown to writers from Serbia and Kosovo. For this reason, the organizers of polip 2013 have decided to focus this year’s festival in Prishtina on the topic of the courage and personal responsibility of the author.
The festival will gather authors of the region, including authors from Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Palestine etc. During the festival, there will be public readings, discussions on the topics of literary status in separate communities or in terms of the ongoing political crisis. In the framework of the festival, a special edition of the magazine Beton will be published in English, which will contain texts of the festival participants.