The 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF), to be held from January 19 to 23 next year, will celebrate 70 years of Indian democracy with a strong focus on the theme ‘The Freedom to Dream: India at 70’, the organisers announced on Tuesday.
The event will be held at the same venue, the Diggi Palace Hotel, in the state capital.
“In 2017, there will be a special focus on translations and the pulse of world literatures. Ceaselessly celebrating the wonders of the dreaming mind, the Jaipur Literature Festival invokes the collective energy of our brilliant authors and extraordinary and engaged audiences,” JLF co-director Namita Gokhale was quoted by PTI.
In a statement, fellow co-director William Dalrymple said, “Each year at Jaipur we try to produce a programme more remarkable than the year before, but 2017’s Jaipur list is certainly the most astonishing we have ever fielded.”
“We have gathered talent from across the globe — from Jamaica to North Korea and Tasmania to Zimbabwe — to present writers of genius as diverse as the war correspondent Dexter Filkins, the economist Ha-Joon Chang and the Italian aesthete, Sanskritist and polymath Roberto Calasso,” Dalrymple said.
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Other playwrights and novelists in attendance will be Mark Haddon, David Hare, Man Booker Prize winners Alan Hollinghurst and Richard Flanagan, and archaeologist Barry Cunliffe.