Pascal Bruckner, special guest at Gaudeamus Book Fair

The Gaudeamus International Fair – Learning Book, the 19th edition, will take place at the Romexpo Central Pavilion, Bucharest, from Wednesday until Sunday.

This year, the organisers are celebrating the Romanian language and culture in its entirety, by having R. Moldova participate as guest of honour – a challenge to dialogue and a necessary reconnection to the novelties of the cultural and publishing life on the other side of the River Prut. Apart from Moldovan writers and people of cultures invited, the air will also enjoy the presence of the journalists from Teleradio Moldova. Having been the 2011 guest of honour, Italy is back to Gaudeamus in 2012 as a privileged partner: resounding names in the contemporary Italian literature, journalists as well as editors and literary agents will be the protagonists of events organised at the Italian stand this edition. In an exclusive interview for Nine O’Clock HE Mr Mario Cospito, the Italian Ambassador in Romania, said: “It is a great honour to have received Radio Romania’s proposal to continue our active participation to the Gaudeamus Book Fest. (…) Among the main guests, we will have the pleasure to introduce Professor Giacomo Marramao, one of the most important Italian living philosophers, and Marcello Fois, a regarded author who participated to the final selection in the Italian Literacy Award (‘Premio Strega’) in 2012. (…) Mariano Deidda will perform a jazz concert, through which he will bring on stage Cesare Pavese’s best works, one of the main Italian authors of the 20th century. Furthermore, the oenologist Luca Maroni will hold a meeting dedicated to the pleasures of the table. Lastly, it’s my duty to highlight the pivotal role of the Italian Publishers Association (A.I.E.) in the success of the Italian participation at Gaudeamus Festival. It guarantees the presence of over thirty publishing houses”.On the Gaudeamus book fair you can also find big names in international literature. If Editura Trei is bringing Pascal Bruckner to meet with his Romanian fans on the occasion of the launching of the newest translation of his  ‘Fanaticii apocalipsei’ / ‘Le fanatisme de l’Apocalypse’ (Saturday from 11 :00), other publishers are bringing the latest productions of some of the most famous names in contemporary literature. The winner of the Nobel prize for literature this year, Mo Yan, is associated with two events to be organised within the Gaudeamus book fair – the launching of the newest translation of his  ‘Obosit de viata, obosit de moarte’/ ‘Life and death are wearing me out’ (Humanitas Fiction), and his autobiography ‘Schimbarea’ / ‘Change’, published by Editura Trei. The same publishers will also launch J.K. Rowling’s highly anticipated post Harry Potter novel ‘Moarte subita’ / ‘The Casual Vacancy’.Gaudeamus book fair inaugurates this year a whole section dedicated to literary agents operating on the international book market: An opportunity for authors, publishers, translators and literary agents in Romania to meet face to face in Bucharest with representatives of some of the most important literary agencies from abroad. The International Centre for Literary Agencies will be open for the entire duration of the fair as a specially equipped space to host professional meetings. During the fair, most publishers come with discounts by up to 50 per cent, books at RON 10 a piece and, before anything else, and new titles. Polirom presents over 1,000 discounted books (20 per cent off), special offers and promotional packages, single price titles at RON 9.99, highly expected novelties, new editorial projects, and meetings with the most appreciated Romanian writers. Cartea Romaneasca is bringing to Gaudeamus 100 discounted titles (20 per cent), special offers, promotional packages and single price books at RON 9.99. Curtea Veche offers discounts from 15 to 50 per cent during the book fair. Romanian authors are also bringing new volumes. Among the Humanitas offers there is Andrei Plesu’s latest volume, ‘Adevarul ca poveste’ / ‘Truth as a story’, the most recent book by Radu Paraschivescu, ‘Astazi este mainele de care te-ai temut ieri’ / ‘Today is the tomorrow you feared yesterday’ and Polirom and Cartea Romaneasca publishers are presenting new releases by Radu Aldulescu – ‘Cronicile genocidului’ / ‘Chronicles of the genocide’, and Filip Florian – ‘Toate bufnitele’ / ‘All the awls’. The ALL publishing group is waiting for its visitors to Gaudeamus 2012 with over 50 new titles released this autumn, event-launchings, autograph sessions and special promotions. The publisher’s special guest is the writer Simon Toyne, who is launching his volume ‘Cheia’, a sequel to his ‘Sanctus’ bestseller. Univers publishing house will be also present during this year’s edition of the Gaudeamus book fair with 100 titles, 15 of which are recent releases. This year, the general visitors’ access to the fair will be permitted against the entry tickets that cost RON 5 and subscriptions valid for the entire duration of the event, which cost RON 10.

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