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The 10th edition of Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) will celebrate 70 years of Indian democracy with a strong focus on the theme 'The Freedom to Dream: India at 70', organisers announced today.
Touted as the world's largest free literary event, the 5-day-long festival will be held from January 19 - 23, at the the Diggi Palace Hotel in Jaipur.
The 10th edition that will drive conversations around modern India in the context of its history and future, will see over 250 authors, thinkers, politicians and popular culture icons, with a special focus on world literatures, according to the organisers.
"In 2017, there will be a special focus on translations and the pulse of world literatures. Ceaselessly celebrating the wonders of the dreaming mind, the Jaipur Literature Festival invokes the collective energy of our brilliant authors and extraordinary and engaged audiences," says Namita Gokhale, co-director of JLF.
The festival will witness interactive sessions by speakers from all corners of the world including Jamaica, North Korea, Tasmania and Zimbabwe among others.
"Each year at Jaipur we try to produce a programme more remarkable than the year before, but 2017's Jaipur list is certainly the most astonishing we have ever fielded," says William Dalrymple, co-director of JLF.
A diverse lineup of writers including war correspondent Dexter Filkins, economist Ha Joon Chang and Italian aesthete, Sanskritist and polymath Roberto Calasso has been curated.
"We deeply delve into areas of world literature we have so far failed to explore, notably the novelists and poets of the Caribbean, Turkey and Iran, while returning to examine eternal classics such as the work of Homer, Ferdowsi, Yeats, Nabakov and the Thousand and One Nights," says Dalrymple.
Internationally acclaimed playwrights and novelists, including Mark Haddon, David Hare and Man Booker Prize winners Alan Hollinghurst and Richard Flanagan as well as archaeologist, Barry Cunliffe will be a part of the event.
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