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The annual iconic Jaipur Literature Festival is all set to run from 19th – 23rd January in the pink city of Jaipur at Hotel Clarks Amer. Marking its sixteenth year, the Festival will showcase a powerhouse of writers, speakers, thinkers, and humanitarians from all walks of life. The literary extravaganza will see a spectacular range of language diversity in the programme, displaying 20 Indian and 14 International languages.
For its 2023 edition, the Festival will host over 250 speakers from across a vast array of nationalities, as well as recipients of major awards such as the Nobel, the Booker, International Booker, the Pulitzer, the Sahitya Akademi, Baillie Gifford, PEN America Literary Awards, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, the JCB Prize for Literature and many more. It will feature a range of themes including the ongoing climate justice debate under the urgency of borrowed time theme; the great women writers and artists focusing on the female voice and identity, crime fiction, memoir, translation, poetry, economics, tech morality and Artificial Intelligence, the global crisis in agriculture, Russia-Ukraine conflict, violence of the British Empire, cutting-edge science, India at 75, remembering partition, geopolitics, art and photography, health and medicine, amongst others.
Announced today, the list has some of the world’s greatest minds including Nobel awardee and celebrated writer Abdulrazak Gurnah in conversation with British publishing legend Alexandra Pringle for a panel discussion titled ‘The Essential Abdulrazak Gurnah’. Gurnah’s striking and formidable works include Memory of Departure, Pilgrims Way, Dottie, Paradise, By the Sea, Desertion, and his most recent, Afterlives, which examines the German colonial force in East Africa and the lives of Tanganyikans – as they, work, grieve, and love – in the darkening shadow of war.
In a tale celebrating the pluralist past of the Middle East, private diplomat, journalist, and author Michael Vatikiotis traces the history of his family caught between a clash of faith and identity. Lives Between Lines recounts life under the Ottoman Empire where communities from different creeds and origins thrived. Lasting almost a century, the Ottoman oasis was disrupted by the European colonial order that caused violent conflict between the Arabs and the Jews of the region. For his session, Vatikiotis will be in conversation with historian and Festival Co-Director William Dalrymple, where the two will take the audience through the history of his forebears as an ode to the once tolerant and harmonious Middle East.
The Festival will also showcase some of the greatest novelists, including Marlon James and Ruth Ozeki and some of the greatest non-fiction writers, including Anna Keay, Jonathan Freedland, Rebecca Wragg Sykes, David Wengrow, David Raubenheimer, Luke Harding, Alex Renton, Antony Beevor, Orlando Figes, Simon Sebag-Montefiore, Mikhail Zygar, Sathnam Sanghera, Merlin Sheldrake, Tansen Sen, Vincent Brown, Kris Manjapra, Miranda Seymour, David Olusoga, Edmund de Waal, Katie Hickman, Anthony Sattin, and Anita Anand, amongst others.
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Speaking on the occasion of today’s preview, Namita Gokhale, writer, publisher, and Co-director of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “2022 has been an important landmark in the world recognition of Indian and South Asian literature. International Booker prize winner Geetanjali Shree, and her English translator Daisy Rockwell will join us, as will Sri Lankan author & Booker winner Shehan Karunatilaka. We are deeply honoured to have Nobel laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah and so many other international and Sahitya Akademi awardees. Our programme as always forefronts new voices across languages and cultures and spans a wide arc from geopolitics, history, religion and spirituality, prose, poetry and argumentative discourse to planetary concerns, crime-writing, detective fiction and psychological thrillers, appropriately titled ‘Jaipur Noir’. The Jaipur BookMark too returns onground to examine publishing perspectives.”
Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, said, “Jaipur Literature Festival is a platform for spreading considered knowledge and presenting different perspectives on complex issues of our times. In 2023, the Festival will focus on themes such as climate crisis, geopolitics, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Indo-China relations, agriculture, and energy. The 16th edition of the Festival will be hosting the world’s greatest writers, including Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah; International Booker Prize winner Geetanjali Shree; Booker Prize winners Shehan Karunatilaka, Marlon James, Bernardine Evaristo, Howard Jacobson, Booker Prize finalist NoViolet Bulawayo & Women’s Prize winner Ruth Ozeki. As we embark on a new year, we bring to you a stellar line-up that celebrates the power of words!”
The Delhi Curtain Raiser this evening at The Leela Palace saw a breathtaking performance by the Barmer Boys welcoming the audience with their Rajasthani folk and Sufi music penetrating the walls of the palace with an exemplary performance.
Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer, The Leela Palaces, said, “The Leela brand celebrates the essence of India and the richness within. The Jaipur Literature Festival is a prestigious event that has, over the years, found pride of place in not just the country but the global social and cultural calendar, providing a platform for an evocative exchange of ideas and generating meaningful dialogue. We are extremely delighted to partner with this event for the second year to support and celebrate the passion and the spirit that resonate with our discerning guests.