Slavic Garden in Pula Is Here to Stay
In cooperation with the Book Fair(y) in Istria the Forum of Slavic Cultures launched a new programme, Slavenski đardin (the Slavic Garden). At the 25th fair in Pula the programme featured contemporary Russian authors and presented the 100 Slavic Novels at one of the fair’s prestigious locations.
Known as the fair for authors and publishers the Book Fair(y) in Istria is visited by almost 80 000 book lovers every year. To mark its silver jubilee the fair launched a new programme, Slavenski đardin (Slavic Garden), in cooperation with the international foundation Forum of Slavic Cultures. The programme’s objective is to promote the 100 Slavic Novels collection and contemporary Slavic literature in general.
“We are happy to have so successfully collaborated with our partners here, at the crossroads of different cultures where the Slavic and Romance worlds meet and new horizons open up, to expand the frontiers of our project and launch a new programme that is here to stay,” said Andreja Rihter, Director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures, at the opening ceremony. Magdalena Vodopija, Director of the Pula fair, stressed that “Slavenski đardin was conceived with the ambition to become a traditional, permanent and vital feature of our fair.”
The FSC presented its activity with the programme and the 100 Slavic Novels project at a prestigious location at the fair’s entryway, featuring three modern Russian authors: Yevgeny Vodolazkin, Guzel Yakhina and Sergei Lebedev. Other guests included the translators of the visiting authors, Croatian publishers and Slovenian-Austrian author Maja Haderlap. In interviews and presentations the visiting authors stressed that their literature had more in common than its Slavic roots, as it frequently addresses related issues that more often than not reflect similar historical experience.
The programme was accompanied by the exhibition “Mornings in Russia”, showcasing images captured by Slovenian photographer Jože Suhadolnik.