On the periphery of culture, in the centre of art
On the periphery of culture, in the centre of art

Publishing house Pectus, State Scientific Library in Košice and "Dukla" Library in Svidník realized 3rd year of Litteriada on 6th to 8th November 2012. Individual literary cafes enabled to look into the backstage of contemporary Slovak, Polish and Estonian literature. The festival presented e.g. the latest works from Janka Halušková and Robert Kačeňák and it was realized also thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture. In her book Who is living with Barborka, Halušková created a magic world of creatures with familiar and actual life difficulties, world in which the ethics still applies. In the latest book for adults Love in the Time of Plague, Kačeňák focuses on real socialism.

The events of this kind are really rare today. That’s because we are living in the time of global chaos and uncertainty of human destiny, when even the responsibility for sunspots was shuffled off onto the very last individual, when reckless individualism believes that life without social relations is sufficient, when public space was transformed into place of dealing with dull private problems... so that the next star – disappearing sooner than it actually gets to its place in the sun – could induce a stoic illusion that everything lies in the mind. The more vehemently the mass culture tries to convince that industrial invention embodies a true artistic artefact, the more resolutely it reflects, although in an inverted way, how terrible is art without human. Therefore the events of this kind, which do not make culture and art identical, which do not close eyes to the tradition and rather belong to the postmodern underground, refer more intensively to the urgency of dialogue not only among the authors in the literary environment, where more common than different problems arise, irrespective of the particular country. Surely, it is not about promoting a chamber character of poetry. One of foreign guests was also Marta Świderska-Pelinko, who is relatively well-known to Slovak readers by her novel Taste of Wandering and Eden, in which she criticizes old-new maladies of current migration of peoples. The real meaning of such events, where the literature is not consumed, can be proved only by time.

Photos of 3rd year of Litteriada: