The fourth annual edition of the World Literature Festival will be held in Zagreb on September 4-11 with the focus on Italian authors and literature.
"This year, the festival's programmes will feature authors from about a dozen countries in Europe and the world, and we will pay special attention to Italy and its writers and comics artists," said the festival programming director Seid Serdarevic of the Fraktura publishing company which organises the festival.
This year, the festival also take place in Split where six writers will present their works.
The festival will be opened on September 4 with the presentation of the work of Claudio Magris, an Italian intellectual and translator. His latest novel "Non luogo a procedere" ("To Terminate Prosecution"), translated into Croatian, will be promoted in Zagreb.
Italian guests will also include Antonio Pennacchi, Giorgio Pressburger, Paolo Cognetti, Ugo Volli and comics artist Michele Rech, better known under his pseudonym Zerocalcare.
The festival will also feature French writers Muriel Barbery and Laurence Plazenet. and cartoonist Christian Durieux, German writer Adriana Altaras, Austrian Karl-Markus Gauss, Hungarians Peter Gardos and Viktor Horvath, as well as guests from Slovenia, Serbia, Belgium, Finland, Bulgaria, Ireland, Russia, Israel and the Czech Republic.
As part of the programme "Sharing the Wor(l)d", writers in residence will be Vesna Lemaic from Slovenia and Rob Doyle from Ireland.
The director of the Italian Culture Institute in Zagreb, Maria Sica, expressed satisfaction with cooperation in the organisation of this year's festival.
The festival is also supported by cultural institutions from several other countries.