Chuck Palahniuk headlining Prague Writers’ Festival
The annual Prague Writers’ Festival, which brings together prominent writers and thinkers from around the world, gets underway in Prague on Friday. The 26th edition of the festival focuses on the theme of Crime and Punishment in a world where the destruction of universal human values often leads to extreme individualism. As always, the festival brings a number of guests, including US writer Chuck Palahniuk.
One of the biggest guests this year will be the US writer Chuck Palahniuk, best known for his novel Fight Club. Mr Palahniuk will attend the opening panel debate and have an author’s reading, but he will also be present at the launch of the Fight Club 2 Comic Book and attend a theatrical performance of Fight Club at Celetná Theatre.
Michael March is the founder and president of Prague Writers’ festival:
“He is looking at part of the society which is very violent, schizophrenic, unpredictable and also created as a product of the American civilisation, such as Donald Trump. It is very important to see that because if you can see it, then perhaps you can analyse it and in a sense overcome it within yourselves.”
Among other distinguished guests coming to Prague Writers’ Festival this year is the Chinese author Yan Lianke, whose novels and shorts stories, mostly based on modern Chinese history, have been translated and won awards abroad.
Another world-renowned guest will be a South African-born novelist and translator John Maxwell Coetzee, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. But Michael March highlights the presence of several writers from Egypt and Algeria, who bring a fresh point of view on the Arab world:
“The moderator will be Mohamed El-Baaly, who is a publisher and director of the Cairo Literature Festival, so in a sense we are going to have a very direct introduction to Egypt today.”
All discussions and readings from Prague Writer’s Festival will also be available online at the website of the Czech Television.