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38 Romanian publishers at Frankfurt Book Fair

The world’s largest trade fair for books – the Frankfurt Book Fair – opened yesterday. Romania is represented there by 38 publishers well-established writers like Mircea Cartarescu, Filip Florian and Doina Rusti. Polirom, Cartea Romaneasca, Humanitas and the Romanian Cultural Institute’s Publishing House took to Frankfurt translations from various Romanian authors. The cultural programme offered by the representatives of the Romanian publishers will include book presentations, reading sessions and meetings with editors and translations to be attended by five representative Romanian writers who have confirmed their participation: Mircea Cartarescu, Robert Serban, Doina Rusti, Bogdan Hrib and Ioana Ieronim. The Romanian stand has an area of 140 sq m and has been paid for with EUR 35,000 allocated by the Ministry of Culture.


China, guest of honour


The guest of honour at Frankfurt this year is China, following Turkey at the previous edition. In Beijing, on May 31, 20907, the Chinese Minister of the Press and Publications, Liu Binjie, and the Frankfurt Book Fair Director Juergen Boos, had signed an agreement regarding the translation of various Chinese authors who were going to participate in Frankfurt. Nobel Prize laureate in literature Gao Xingjian – a French author of Chinese origin, as well as poet Yang Lian based in London will participate in this edition of the fair. The Chinese culture will be represented not only by books, but also by music, dance, cinema and even photography. The Chinese literary market is a very rich one, counting 570 state-owned publishing houses.


Berlinale day


The fifth Berlinale Day at the Frankfurt Book Fair takes place today, when book fair visitors are presented with three selected screen adaptations from the 2009 Berlinale programme: ‘Effi Briest’ (Germany, 2009), ‘In the Electric Mist’ (France/USA, 2009) and ‘The Bone Man’ (Austria, 2009).

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