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Switzerland honorary guest at Moscow book fair

November 27, 2013, 14:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, November 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Switzerland is honorary guest at an international exhibition of "intellectual literature" opening on Wednesday in the Central House of Artists in Moscow, running until December 1.

The event will present work by more than 250 general and specialist publishing houses and literature unions from England, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Poland, the U.S., France, Sweden and Japan.

Dutch guests will offer children's material, fiction and science literature within the 150-event line-up of presentations, discussions and round tables, organizers say.

The Swiss program, from Swiss Arts Council ‘Pro Helvetia’, will be part of the cultural exchange "Swiss Made in Russia 2013-2015". Seventeen writers in different genres - poets, novelists, playwrights and essayists - will come to Moscow to meet Russian readers. Screenings and a children's exhibition are planned.

“There is not one Swiss literature, but four literary traditions, each linked to one of the official languages - German, French, Italian and Romansh,” the organisers say.

Anne Cuneo and Dominique de Rivaz will present French-language literature, Charles Lewinski and Russian-based Mikhail Shishkin will represent German literature in Switzerland. Arno Camenisch is the Romansh-writing author while Andrea Fazioli and Alberto Nessi write in Italian.

During the fair, the Swiss stand will sell books and offer a display of works by children’s book illustrators, presented by Swiss publishing house La Joie de Lire, Russia's ‘Samokat’ publishers and Pro Helvetia.

A separate children’s story will become an exhibition tradition from this year, themed for its debut as ‘Believe or Not: Whom, What and Why We Believe and Trust’. Artists and illustrators from Russia, France, Germany and The Netherlands will give master-classes.

A ceremony is scheduled to reward winners of literature awards and contests. And the fair will also see a ninth staging off the vynil records VYNIL CLUB and Antiquarian Book Fair, a traditional meeting place for collectors and connoisseurs of rare publications.

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