“Bohinj is too beautiful for murder,” said Agatha Christie, when interviewed by a national TV journalist during a holiday there in 1967. From room 204 of the Hotel Bellevue, Christie and her husband, a famous archaeologist, could see the expanse of the Julian Alps and the crystalline, wild splendor of the lake mirroring pines and peaks. Though Christie found Slovenia too beautiful for a whodunit mystery, many other famous authors set novels here, including Ernest Hemingway, Peter Handke, Paolo Coehlo and even Giacomo Casanova. This episode looks at foreign writers inspired by Slovenia, and includes conversations with two famous writers who live here, Miha Mazzini and Svetlana Slapsak.
Though Slovenia is a small country, it hides a huge treasure trove of literary and other cultural gems. Slovenian is a language known and spoken by only a tiny number of people in the world and it is among the few languages that have preserved its dual form. Slovenia will be the Guest of Honour at the famous Frankfurt Book Fair, which will take place from 18 to 22 October 2023. Under the slogan A honeycomb of words, Slovenia's literary and cultural pulse will be presented. Discover more inspirational contents here.
Feel Slovenia the Podcast is brought to you by the Slovenian Tourist Board and hosted by Dr Noah Charney.
Sound Production: Urska Charney