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December 6, 2021
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90,000 visitors hike Bookfest sales by 15 pc this year

90,000 visitors, 12 per cent more than last year, have hiked Bookfest’s sales by 15 per cent this year, the Association of Romanian Publishers (AER), the event’s organizer, informs. The 7th edition of the Bookfest International Book Fair ended on Sunday. According to AER, the main highlights were the novelties announced by the participating publishing houses, the large number of personalities present at book launches and the schedule of events prepared for the five days. Neagu Djuvara’s ‘Misterul telegramei de la Stockholm din 23 august 1944,’ and Michel Houellebecq’s ‘Atomised’ were among the Fair’s best-sellers. France was the honorary guest this year, Romania being the third country Michel Houellebecqu accepted to visit after Germany and Israel. Top sellers were also Mircea Cartarescu’s ‘Ochiul caprui al dragostei noastre’ (Humanitas) and Paul Auster’s ‘Sunset Park’ (Polirom). Octavian Soviany’s ‘Arhivele de la Monte Negro’ was the best-seller of the ‘Cartea Romaneasca’ publishing house. Michel Houellebecq (photo) was present on Friday at Bookfest, entering a dialogue with his readers and stating that his writing can be “the last place of freedom” when one ends up hating one’s boss, husband, wife, children. Asked why he accepted the invitation, being known that he does that with difficulty when it comes to invitations from abroad, the writer stated that he was impressed by Cezar Petry’s graphic novel based on his ‘Rester vivant’ and wanted to meet the author. French journalist Bernard Pivot was an important French presence at Bookfest too, giving French language fans a dictation based on several French authors. In an interview for Mediafax, Pivot expressed his regret that he was unable to interview Emil Cioran on his shows. Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta was present on Sunday at Bookfest, attending the launch of Henry Kissinger’s ‘On China.’

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