Dhaka Lit Fest directors have announced that Nobel Laureate VS Naipaul will attend this year’s festival.
DLF, the country’s biggest international literary congregation, will be held in November at the grounds of Bangla Academy.
“We are absolutely delighted to announce Sir Vidia’s visit to Dhaka next month, which he has more than once told me he keenly desires. At a time when many writers are shying away from coming to Bangladesh, Sir Vidia will be opening this year’s edition of Dhaka Lit Fest, and we are extremely honoured and grateful for his support,” said Ahsan Akbar, one of the DLF directors.
This year the international line-up will also boast Man Booker International winner Deborah Smith and Pulitzer winner Vijay Seshadri.
Other international guests include Alex Preston, Anjum Hasan, Evie Wyld, Amy Sackville and Tim Cope, among many others. Authors from over a dozen countries, including Hyeonseo Lee of N. Korea and Ali Bader of Iraq, will be featured.
Every genre will be strongly represented, including journalists Barkha Dutt, Justin Rowlatt and Bee Rowlatt.
According to the directors, this year the DLF will pay a special tribute to Syed Shamsul Haq, the versatile Bangladeshi author, by staging his novel, Neel Dangshan (Blue Venom).
Like the previous years, promoting Bangla literature through quality translations will be a focus.
A landmark translation of Bishad Shindhu by Fakrul Alam and The Book of Dhaka published by UK’s Comma Press, featuring ten Bangladeshi authors, will be launched while the Dhaka Translation Center will present new translations of Rizia Rahman, Imdadul Haq Milon and Moinul Ahsan Saber.
Bangali authors from within and outside the country, iconic as well as upcoming voices, will as always take pride of place throughout the three days.