«READ RUSSIA/ЧИТАЙ РОССИЮ»
The Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair), the main international book forum of the year, takes place in Frankfurt from 11 to 15 October. Over 7,000 major publishers and independent presses from different countries showcase their publications and materials at the fair with about 300,000 attendees – professionals from the book market and everyday book lovers. Naturally, all publishers try to present their best publications of the year and entice readers to find their favourite books.
This year the Russian stand (5.0 B121) at the Frankfurt Book Fair will present its traditional public and professional program packed with events and activities. The Russian exhibit, occupying more than 150 square meters, will showcase new titles in a variety of genres. This includes new editions of Russian classics and works by contemporary Russian authors, philology and the Russian language, books for children and young readers, history and geography, culture, philosophy, and politics – over 800 titles from more than fifty publishers. Among the participants are publishers from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Orenburg, and other cities of Russia. The Institute for Literary Translation, the organizer of the Russian national stand, will highlight works by Russian authors translated into foreign languages, all with the support of the Institute.
Highlights of the exhibition include: Nauka Publishing house’s series Peoples and Cultures in Post-Soviet Space; a catalog commemorating the 125th anniversary of the birth of Osip Mandelstam, organized by the State Literature Museum; The National Atlas of The Arctic Region (Roskartografiya Publishing House); and the album 1917 in Political Caricature from the publishing house Boslen. Other publishers include EKSMO, the Elena Shubina imprint at AST, Molodaya Gvardiya, Navona, Orenburg book publishing house, and Novyi Klyuch. Tatyana Voskovskaya, curator of the Russkaya Premiya (The Russian Prize) international literary award, will speak about the award and introduce author laureates living outside Russia -- Mikhail Gigolashvili (Germany) and Alexander Gadol (Ukraine). The winner of the READ RUSSIA Prize Alexander Nitzberg (Austria) will talk about his new translations of works of Russian literature into German and take part in a conversation about the art of translation with Lisa Hayden (USA) and Olga Radetska (Germany). Sergey Kaikin, Director General of the Moscow International Book Fair, will speak about traditions and new formats of the Fair followed by the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library representative who will exhibit color photographs of Russia made by the famous photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky in early 20th century. Fyokla Tolstaya with the support of Samsung will present Leo Tolstoy Digital as part of the megaproject Living Pages – welcomed with open arms in Russia and around the world.
This year, the Russian program presents a truly impressive group of writers. Naina Yeltsina, the wife of Russia’s first president, will present her book of memoirs Personal Life, which has generated great interest in Russia and is now being translated into a number of foreign languages. Olga Slavnikova will talk about her new novel Pryzhok v dlinu (Long Jump) and the novel 2017 just published in German translation with the support of the Institute for Literary Translation; Lev Danilkin will introduce a biography of Vladimir Lenin written from the standpoint of the man of the 21st century. The author, historian, and Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky will discuss his books dedicated to the centennial the two Russian revolutions. Guzel Yakhina, Pavel Nerler, Alexei Makushinsky, Tatyana Sotnikova (Anna Berseneva), Vladimir Sotnikov, Era Ershova, and Igor Eremeev will also be speakers at the Russian stand. The authors’ program includes the director of the State Literature Museum, Dmitry Bak, and the editor-in-chief of the Literary Gazette, Maxim Zamshev. Historian and Director of the Russian State Archives of Socio-Political History Andrei Sorokin will take part in a dialogue with German historian and publicist Gerd Koenen on the Russian Revolution and its consequences at the prestigious Weltempfang Centre for Politics, Literature, and Translation.
At the close of the fair, books from exhibition will be donated to the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Germany and the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Frankfurt.