Fabula - Literature of the World festival is the biggest and most visited literary festival in Slovenia and the wider region. Founded in 2003, it has hosted many modern classics: the Nobel prize winning author Herta Müller, Irvine Welsh, Jonathan Franzen, Hanif Kureishi, Janice Galloway, Amitav Ghosh, David Grossman, Richard Flanagan, Taiye Selasi, Tatyana Tolstaya, Eric Vuillard, Rachel Cusk and many others.


During the years, the festival’s concept has evolved and improved. Today, it is based on a well-thought out curator’s work that tries to pick five authors who have shaped world literature in the last few years while at the same time inviting authors who have already become classics.


Apart from the literary part, the festival also offers a theoretic focus which questions a new, relevant topic in our society. In 2020, the focus is Power Games.

The central five guests of the festival are also accompanied by fresh translations of their books into Slovene. Usually, these are also the first ever translations of the authors into Slovene. A very important mission of the festival is also to introduce Slovenian readers with relevant world literature, which has received wider recognition abroad but is still quite unknown to the general public in Slovenia.

All the books will be published in the festival collection by Beletrina Academic Press and will be up for sale, for 10 euros each.


Festival team

dr. Manca G. Renko

Artistic director of the festival



Manca G. Renko, Živa Borak, Urban Vovk

Editors of the festival book collection


Beletrina festival team

Aleš Šteger, Marko Hercog,  Alma Čaušević, Špela Pavlič, Špelca Mrvar, Petra Kavčič, Sabina Tavčar, Branka Jeretina, Timea Campbell, Aleš Vesel, Katja Šifkovič, Marija Ravnikar Dovč, dr. Eva Premk Bogataj, Iva Božič, Matic Razpet


PR and interviews with authors

Kreativna baza



Festival visual identity



Translation of website into English

Lisa Mislej

The festival is organised by Beletrina Academic Press,

Director Mitja Čander


The festival’s co-producer is Cankarjev dom.

The organiser holds the right to change the programme. If changes occur, they will appear on the festival’s website and social media accounts.