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The Brazilian literature and arts will come under the spotlight at the world’s biggest book fair, which annually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors in the western German city of Frankfurt.
The organisers have confirmed that Brazil will be taking centre stage at the Frankfurt Book Fair during this year’s edition, with 70 of its authors as well as artists and others expected to showcase the country’s literary and cultural traditions. It may be recalled that New Zealand was the guest of honour last year.
“We want to show how culture feeds Brazilian life, especially when one sees what’s happening currently in Brazil,” Juergen Boos, Director, Frankfurt Book Fair, announced during a recent news conference, referring to a two-week wave of street protests in Brazil.
Brazil’s organising committee head Renato Lessa said that there was a lot of expectation in the fair and that it was important for the country to trumpet its own language internationally.
“The authors selected to take part represent an excellent and vivid assortment. The current selection, although committed to giving a broad sense of the literary variety of the country, aims to show the link between Brazilian contemporary literary trends and the international ones,” he stated.
The book fair, to be held from October 9 to 13, will also stage Brazilian concerts, exhibitions and demonstrations of street art, theatre and films. More than 7,300 exhibitors from 97 countries took part in last year’s five-day fair, which drew about 280,000 visitors.
Brazil looks set to avail the opportunity by presenting the wealth, diversity and vibrancy of its cultural creativity. The country’s literature will now be accessible to more and more readers around the world.