In his most important works, Danilo Kiš dealt with the persecution of Jews by the Nazis, who also murdered his father, and with the cruel practices of Stalinism. He warned at a very early point of the dangerous nationalistic tendencies in Yugoslavia. He didn’t live to see the breakup of his countries and the subsequent wars. His literary and political legacies however, remain important and actual up to the present day.
In Korčula, the main town of the Croatian island bearing the same name, writers from 5 different countries came together on 9 and 10 August 2015 to present themselves and their works to a large audience in a picturesque old town setting of the literary festival ŠUŠUR!
International Cultural Cooperation as a Political Mission in Europe
What is the role of cross-border cultural cooperation in the overcoming of mistrust towards your closest neighbour, a sentiment that is deeply rooted in Southeast Europe? The political scientist Nenad Dimitrijević, the publisher and human rights activist Fatos Lubonja, the writer Ilija Trojanow discussed this and many other questions with the journalist Ulrich Ladurner. The discussion took place on 25 August 2015 on the margins of the Western Balkans Conference in Vienna and was organized by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria and TRADUKI.