Russian writers in the focus of Frankfurt book fair

Russian writers are in the focus of the world's largest traditional book fair in Frankfurt.

Russia has become its Guest of Honour for the first time in 55 years. The motto of the Russian exposition is "Russia - New Pages".

According to the local media, the Russian programme offers "many discoveries" to visitors and experts and "after the abolition of censorship Russian literature is enjoying a special upsurge".

In 2003 a lot of new editions of modern Russian authors appeared on the German book market, including books by Polina Dashkova, Darya Dontsova, Victoria Tokareva, Tatiana Tolstaya, and many others, German Minister of State for Culture and the Media Christina Weiss told RIA Novosti.

In this connection, the German minister pointed out the contribution of translators of modern Russian literature into the German language who "are building bridges across the abyss of language misunderstanding".

The exposition "Russia - New Pages" also features post-modernist literature. Such cult writers as Viktor Yerofeyev and Viktor Pelevin presented in Frankfurt their "provocative books reflecting modern Russian reality", local experts said.

Today Russia has no "books for export" and "literature for inner use", Russian Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi told journalists. According to him, Russia is representing all variety and richness of its contemporary literature in Frankfurt.

More than 100 Russian writers are staying in Frankfurt now and stands of the International Book Fair present products by 200 big, medium-sized and small Russian publishing houses.

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