4 December 2013 The Swiss Le Courrier on Krakow and the Conrad Festival

Towards the end of November, the Swiss daily Le Courrier published an in-depth report from the Conrad Festival and an interview with one of the event’s outstanding guests Claudio Magris, prose writer, essayist, and professor of literature at the University of Trieste, conducted during the festival. The second largest Polish city became the capital of world literature. (...) After three years of waiting, Krakow joined the narrow circle of six UNESCO Cities of Literature. UNESCO’s verdict coincided – in an almost symbolic way – with the inauguration of the Joseph Conrad International Literature Festival, the largest cultural event in this part of Europe. On top of the impressive Gothic Town Hall Tower, a mighty lamp cuts through the darkness with a light beam visible from 5 km away and thus turns this city on the banks of the Vistula into a “European Harbour”. “Here, it would be impossible for safety reasons,” laughs Isabelle Vonlanthen, a guest of the festival, responsible for the organisation of the Literaturhaus literary events in Zurich – reads the article.

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