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2016 Taipei book fair to highlight Hungary

2015/12/24 10:44:20

Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) The 2016 Taipei International Book Exhibition will feature Hungary as its theme country, introducing the country's literature, illustrations, photography and cinema to Taiwanese readers, the Taipei Book Fair Foundation announced Wednesday.

Hungarian film director Peter Gados will be among the Hungarian writers and artists attending the fair for film screenings and talks, according to the foundation.

The theme of the Hungarian pavilion will be "Freedom Love," inspired by a poem by Hungarian poet Sándor Petőfi (1823-1849), some of which reads: "Life is dear. Love is dearer. For liberty, both can be given up."

The Hungarian pavilion will also showcase the country's embroidery and animated films, as well as performances by folk music band Hungarian FolkEmbassy.

Food show host and cookbook author Zsófia Mautner is also scheduled to introduce Hungarian cuisine at the fair, the foundation said.

The fair will feature an exhibition to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Eileen Chang (張愛玲), one of the most important modern Chinese writers.

The exhibition will display some of Chang's personal items and rare manuscripts, photo albums and paintings. A series of talks on the writer's works and life will also be organized, according to the foundation.

The Taipei International Book Exhibition, one of Asia's largest book fairs, will take place Feb. 16-21 at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Halls 1 and 3, just after the Chinese New Year holidays that begin on Feb. 7.

Last year, 648 publishers from 68 countries showcased their books and over 400 writers, illustrators and publishers participated in the fair, which drew over 502,000 visitors.

(By Wang Ching-yi and Christie Chen)
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