The five-day Jaipur Literary Festival , which begins on January 17, will see discussions on a range of topics.

Among the prominent authors who will attend the festival are Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, Mary Beard, an Order of the British Empire (OBE) awardee and teacher of classics at Cambridge University, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri. British writer Samantha Shannon, actor Irrfan Khan and boxer Mary Kom will also address sessions.

Iranian author and religious scholar, Reza Aslan, whose controversial biography of Jesus Christ, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth grabbed the headlines in 2013, will also be present. British historian Antony Beevor, author of The Second World War, will talk about the war from a global perspective. — IANS