20th Prague Writers' Festival opensČTK | 7 June 2010
Prague, June 4 (CTK) - The 20th Prague Writers' Festival, this time held under the title Heresy and Rebellion as all of the invited writers are a bit rebels, begins at the weekend, organisers told CTK Friday.
On Sunday, U.S. writer Peter Matthiessen will be awarded the Spiros Vergos Prize for Freedom of Expression.
Born to a wealthy family, Matthiessen studied prestigious schools and as a youth worked for the secret service. He said he had later reexamined his life, becoming an environmental and human rights activist.
In his books and articles he stands up on behalf of Native Americans.
The festival will introduce 12 writers from various countries, including one Nobel Prize laureate, Chinese playwright and novelist Gao Xingjian (2000).
At first, the German Nobel Prize laureate Herta Mueller was to come too, but she excused herself for health reasons.
Instead of her originally planned authorship reading, a public debate of German poet Hans Magnus Enzensberger and U.S. novelist John Wray will be held. Then Czech actor Klara Issova will read parts of Mueller's book Atemschaukel (Breath-Swing).
Assia Djebar, an Algerian novelist and filmmaker living in France, describes the delicate issue of Muslim women in her books.
German writer Hans Magnus Enzensberger criticises the morals of the post-war world, pointing to the curtailment of freedom.
Along with readings, there will be a number of autograph sessions and public debates. Mueller and Gao will be signing their books.
Writers to attend Prague Writers' Festival (in alphabetical order)
Hans Magnus Enzensberger