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February 3, 2023

Romania at Frankfurt Book Fair

According to well established tradition, the Ministry of Culture organized the national stand at this year’s edition of the most important book fair in Europe – Frankfurter Buchmesse, or the Frankfurt International Book Fair. During October 8 – 12, 2014, publishers, literary agents, writers and the audience have met representatives of the Romanian literature in Frankfurt.
The Romanian writers invited by the Ministry of Culture were Liliana Corobca and Cosmin Perta. The Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) was a major partner of the event, beside the Romanian Publishers’ Association and the Romanian Publishers’ Union.
Moreover, the Ministry of Culture organized a public reading of the books “Stammbaum” and “Familienlokal”, which include selections of Cristian Popescu’s poetry (1959 – 1995), translated in German by de Ernest Wichner for Hochroth Publishing House in Berlin. During the fair, Romania’s stand also hosted events organized by the Association for Performance and Culture and by the Pop Publishing House in Munich.
The publishing houses sending titles to be exhibited at Romania’s stand were
Cartea Româneasc_, Casa Radio, Corint, Curtea Veche, Gama, Gramar, HAC!, Hasefer, Humanitas, Humanitas Fiction, House of Guides, The Romanian Cultural Institure, the European Institute, Max Blecher, The Military Publishing House, the Official Monitor, Nemira, Niculescu, Orizonturi, Polirom, RAO, Teopiticot, Tracus Arte, Trei, Universitaria, The Bucharest University, The Western University, Vivaldi and Vremea.
On Saturday, Cosmin Perta introduced his book “Teofil and the Wooden Dog”, released by the Herg Benet Publishing House. The event was followed by the launch of the book “Eine sentimentale Chronik”, authored by Adriana Carcu and released by the WaRo Publishing House, after being translated in German by Walter Roth.
Romania’s stand also hosted an introduction and discussions of the book “Kinderland”, authored by Liliana Corobca and released by the Cartea Romaneasca Publishing House.
The last event of Saturday was entitled “Romanian-German Literary Interferences” and was organized by Pop Publishing House, which invited the audience to the common celebration of three authors. There were also readings and discussions related to the presentations of recently launched books by Dieter Schlesak, Klaus Martens and Horst Samson. The event was also attended by authors Rainer Wedler and Barbara Zeizinger, as well as by publisher Traian Pop.
On Sunday, the stand hosted the second part of the event organized by the Pop Publishing House, “Romanian German Literary Interferences”. This time, the event was focused on “Our Daily Past: From the Denunciation of Inferno to the Gobbets of Nostalgia”. Similarly to Saturday, the event included readings and discussions of themes to be found in recently launched books authored by Benedikt Dyrlich, Adelheit Szekeresch, Steliana Huhulescu, Ondine Dietz, Peter Ettl and Horst Samson.

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