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Power and beauty of literature in other languages

  • Published at 05:12 pm November 4th, 2019
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With the aim of celebrating non-hegemonic languages and their literatures, this year Dhaka Lit Fest 2019 has invited Minna Lindgren, Anne Ostby and Maria Filomena Bouissou Lepecki

Books written in many languages with a comparatively smaller readership do not get much international exposure, unless, of course, they are translated into English or Spanish. Even if the book is a literary gem, it will not get even half the attention that a mediocre book written in English will. These books and their authors should be celebrated nonetheless. 

With the aim of celebrating non-hegemonic languages and their literatures, this year Dhaka Lit Fest 2019 has invited Minna Lindgren, Anne Ostby and Maria Filomena Bouissou Lepecki— none of them write in English and all of them will be attending the festival for the first time.


Anne Ostby

Anne Ostby is a Norwegian author who has written books for adults, young adults and children. She has written eleven books, and her latest novel, Pieces of Happiness, has been sold in eleven different countries, and has been translated by her daughter Marie. It is the first of her books to be published in the United States. She has spent almost the last three decades living in nine different countries including Myanmar, Denmark, Malaysia, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, USA, East Timor and Fiji. A common theme of her novels is identity and women’s lives in different cultures. 


Maria Filomena Bouissou Lepecki 

Maria Filomena Bouissou Lepecki is an award-winning Brazilian author as well as doctor. In 1999, she was part of an expedition with the Brazilian army to research the Paraguayan War (1865-1870). This ten-day expedition greatly influences her first novel Cunhatai, which received the Conrado Wessel Foundation Award (2002), the Writer’s Revelation Award (2003) as well as the Best Book of the Year Award (2003). Her new novel, The Istanbul Bridge, will be released in both Portuguese and English.  


Minna Lindgren

Minna Lindgren, born in 1963, is a renowned and award-winning journalist and author famous for her whimsical writing style and fearless approach to even the touchiest topics. The Sunset Grove trilogy (2013 - 2015), a hilarious, sharp and satirical tale about three 90-year-old ladies solving murder mysteries, is a bestseller not only in her native Finland, but worldwide, with translations into 10 languages. 

Read her interview here