Writing from Slovakia and Albania at the Ilkley Literature Festival
Ilkley Literature Festival
Rombalds Hotel (Coach House),
W View, West Road, Ilkley, LS29 9JG.
3pm, admission £6/4.
Meet two authors whose books provide an insight into the troubled history of Eastern Europe. The Slovak novelist and filmmaker Peter Krištúfek’s novel The House of a Deaf Man traces the turbulent 20th century history of his home country and questions those who turned a deaf ear to their conscience. Fatos Lubonja is a writer, editor and leading figure in Albania’s political life. He spent 17 years in prison for his political views, much of it in solitary confinement. False Apocalypse is a unique and disturbing non-fiction work that concerns the events of 1997, a tragic year in the history of post communist Albania. After the world’s most isolated country emerged from Stalinist dictatorship many people fell prey to fraudulent investment schemes, which imploded causing mass poverty and social unrest.
The event is part of a UK-wide tour which includes events in London and Cardiff – organised by Literature Across Frontiers, Istros Books, Ilkley Literature Festival and Parthian Books.Click here to register