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Russia In International Book Fair
April 23, 2014 00:38


International Book Fair held in London. Russia is represented by a delegation, numbering 50 known Russian writers and publishers. Among these authors are Zakhar Prilepin, Pavel Basinskiy and Yevgeny Vodolazkin; director of the Big Book literary award Georgy Urushadze; rector of Gorky Literary Institute Boris Tarasov.

They all take part in three Russian stands, deal with visitors and deliver lectures. This was the report of Tatiana Voskovskaya, coordinator of the Read Russia project, which is being implemented with the support of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications (Rospechat) to promote the national literature in the world.

"Our project's goal is to make foreign audience familiar not only with classic, but also with modern Russian writers, Voskovskaya said. - In addition, we have come to London to share experiences with European publishers, strengthen and establish business contacts. In general, we believe that it's just necessary for local authors and publishers to take part in the world book fairs. The number of book copies of our authors is growing precisely because of this growing interest in Russian literature abroad."

The books, which will soon come out in English, were presented at the fair. Among them are "Leo Tolstoy. Escape from Paradise" by Pavel Basinsky; "Sankya" by Zahar Prilepin and "Stone Bridge" by Alexander Terekhov. On the forum, there also were awarded Read Russia prizes for the best translation of Russian literature into foreign languages and the Read Russia

English Translation Prize for translators from Russian into English. Awarding ceremony will be held in May, in New York. In the near future they are going to publish the Library Russian literature, which will include 100-120 books in the U.S. and UK. It will include classic works of Russian writers, such as the novels of Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Anton Chekhov's stories; works of Russian writers of the 20th century, lesser-known to wide foreign reader, such as Andrei Platonov and Daniil Kharms, as well as books by contemporary Russian authors. In total, London's fair represented this year more than 2 thousand publishers from around the world.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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