for Four days, from Thursday until next Sunday, is not in the Leipzig exhibition halls are a Bustle, as it takes place during the year: The book fair is strained in all senses. In the Japanese pop culture, manga lovers, boys and manga girls not to push yourself only through the Area of Manga-Comics-Con, you frequenting the course of the rest of the approximately 2,500 exhibitors from 46 countries.
on Wednesday the opening ceremony will take place at the Gewandhaus. Highlight of the Evening was the acceptance speech of the Russian-American author Masha Forgotten, which won for her book, "The future is history – such As Russia, the freedom, and lost" (Suhrkamp), with the Leipzig book prize for European understanding will be awarded. A discussion of the threats to civil liberties in the Putin System. The laudation of the Russia-expert Gerd Koenen, who was awarded this prize in 2007, together with Mikhail Ryklin.
With the Czech Republic, the host country this year is the focus, presented since 1995, two years after the independence of Slovakia, in Germany. In around 130 events, an Overview of the main literary currents. In the glass hall of the exhibition, one encountered a sculpture by the artist David Cerný, which is a Trabant on four human legs. The work with the title "Quo Vadis" is reminiscent of the summer of 1989, as 4000 GDR-citizens occupied the garden of the then West German and today's German Embassy in Prague. A copy of the Cerný sculpture.
Thursday will be awarded the book prize
On the 30. In September 1989, said Hans-Dietrich Genscher search on the asylum seekers from the balcony of the Lobkowicz Palace: "We are here today to you, to inform you that today your departure ..." were The last three words "... is possible" in the cheers of the crowd.
In the context of the accompanying harvest festival "Leipzig reads", which includes approximately 3600 events with 3400 participants and the whole city involves, Czech evenings in the gallery KUB, at the Café Telegraph, the Schauspiel Leipzig, the schaubühne Lindenfels, UT Connewitz, in the Kunsthalle and in the city library of Leipzig.More about
Leipzig book fair, Where please go to Central Europe?Gregor Dotzauer
in addition, discuss to the 21st century. March, over 4000 librarians in the Congress Center Leipzig about how libraries in modern communication, interaction and experience transform a room. On the trade fair Thursday, the prize of the Leipzig book fair is awarded in the categories of Translation, non-fiction and fiction. Among the nominees Frank Biess' "Republic of fear" and Feridun Zaimoglus "history of woman". Tsp