The decision that Georgia will be an honorary guest in the anniversary year for the Frankfurt Book Fair was made in 2014. In the pavilion of the country at the fair, the ancient alphabet was presented to specialists and guests (the stands were decorated in the form of letters), as well as numerous video clips, photographs and more than 600 books by authors in various genres. If visitors read them all, they would get a comprehensive view of today's Georgia. The handwritten edition of Shota Rustaveli’s epic poem “The Knight in Tiger Skin”, decorated with precious stones, was also shown. The book will be given to the art collection of the UN.
Emphasis on classics
In its usual place in Pavilion 5.0 - next to the stands of Eastern and Central European countries - the exposition of the Russian stand was placed under the already traditional slogan “READ RUSSIA” - “Read Russia”. This time the Russian stand was more popular than in previous years. Probably, the effective work of the organizers of the Russian stand, the Institute of Translation with the support of Rospechat, and participation in open discussions by contemporary Russian writers who are actively publishing abroad, also contributes to the increased interest of visitors.
Russian stand / Grigory Kroshin
The book program was presented by German translations of “The Hunter's Notes”, the story “First Love” and the novel “Fathers and Sons”, timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of their author, Ivan Turgenev. The organizers were not limited to the anniversary of a Russian classic: they also presented books released on the 150th anniversary of Maxim Gorky, the 125th anniversary of Vladimir Mayakovsky and the 100th anniversary of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Mikhail Bulgakov also became a “hero” of the stand, readers could familiarize themselves with the new translation of the “White Guard”, made by the Austrian Alexander Nitsberg. He is a laureate of the READ. RUSSIA. ”At the end of the fair, a book exposition was donated to the Russian Embassy in Germany.
The public program discussed how the Internet influences Russian language and speech etiquette, how the revolution of 1917 changed the language, what is happening in modern Russian literature today. The discussion was attended by writers and critics - Igor Volgin, Pavel Basinsky, Maya Kucherskaya, Dmitry Glukhovsky (this summer there was a German translation of his latest novel "The Text"), Galina Yuzefovich, Zakhar Prilepin.
Threats and Insults
In the German pavilions they were not talking about the classics at all. Writers in Germany are concerned about the unlimited freedom of expression of the public. According to a survey made public by the German PEN Center during the fair, three-quarters of the responding writers complain of a growing threat from readers. Thus, every second of the 526 writers surveyed was attacked, especially on the Internet. Of these attacks, in 31% of cases, verbal attacks, threats and insults occurred during personal contacts, in 2% with physical manifestations. As a result, the incidents had negative consequences for literary work: almost every fourth attacked was after that more cautious in expressing opinions, and every fifth from now on writes less about the problems that cause a public outcry.
The specific case of threats to the writer became known during the fair. True, the center of the scandal was not the German writer, but the author of erotic novels from the United States, Anna Todd. She refused to arrange an autograph session, as she had verbally been insulted orally by several men, not Germans, in the bar of the Marriott hotel in Frankfurt. "I am very sorry that I do not give autographs in Frankfurt, but these men are still not found by the police," she said.
However, in some publishing circles a big threat is considered not so much a reader’s reaction, as his disappearance in general. Over the past five years, the number of book buyers in Germany has declined by more than six million. It’s too early to talk about a crisis of reader interest, but it’s still worth asking yourself and the industry how to keep the book as an important tool for the media? Writers will help find the answer. This year, Inger-Maria Malcke won the most prestigious literary prize in Germany for Deutscher Buchpreis for the historical novel Archipelago. The novel describes the lives of three families from different walks of life from 1919 to the present day....