Russian stand opened at the London Book Fair

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Over 500 new Russian books from more than 30 publishing houses will be presented at the stand.

Cultural exchanges between Russia and the UK continue despite political difficulties. The best proof of this is the existing interest in the modern Russian novel. Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communications (Rospechat) Vladimir Grigoriev expressed this opinion in a conversation with a TASS correspondent. He took part in the opening of the Russian stand at the 48th International Book Fair in London – The London Book Fair - 2019.

“Despite all the political difficulties and disagreements that exist between Russia and the UK, cultural exchange continues and British publishers and translators of Russian literature, experts follow the literary process in Russia, which is very pleasing,” said Grigoriev.

The head of Rospechat Mikhail Seslavinsky said that Russia’s national stand presents more than 500 novelties of Russian book publishing this year, including works by contemporary Russian authors, nonfiction, educational and children's literature, as well as books published abroad as part of the grant programme of the Translation Institute.

Russian writer Guzel Yakhina is among those authors who take part in the exhibition this year. Her book, Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes, which tells about dispossession in the 1930s, has already been translated into 25 languages. The latest language in which the novel will be released was English.

During the exhibition, dozens of events will be held as part of the Read Russia project, including round tables, panel discussions, meetings with writers such as Guzel Yakhina, Alexey Ivanov, Alexey Salnikov. The fair will last until March 14, 2019.

Based on TASS materials