National Book Store celebrates First European Literature Fair in Manila

The European Literary Fair to be hosted at National Book Store Glorietta will celebrate European literature at its finest.

Dozens of new book titles will soon be available to Filipino readers as the wondrous literary fair highlights the richness and diversity of European writing of all genres from all the corners of Europe – from Portugal to Poland, from Sweden to Switzerland by bringing forth a much-wider offering of European literature like never before.

In this occasion, National Book Store will have the chance to introduce more and new literary stars from Europe, such as French writer Michel Houellebecq, Hungarian László Krasznahorkai and Turkish Orhan Pamuk. Czech-American writer Jaroslav Kalfař will also be part of this list with his satirical novel Spaceman of Bohemia which received many accolades since its publication in the US less than two years ago.

Poetry will also be one to look forward to as poets with works from Polish Nobel awardees – Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska, Portuguese Fernando Pessoa, and of course all-time favorite Austrian Rainer Maria Rilke.

There is also a good selection of genre fiction by masters of Scandinavian crime fiction, Norwegian Jo Nesbø and Swedish Stieg Larsson. For speculative fiction, it will not only be J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, but also comical fantasies by globally renowned Britton Terryn Pratchett’s Discworld series, as well as popular Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series.

This project is part of the active efforts of the European embassies and cultural institutes in Manila that aims to not only showcase European diversity, but also to promote the transnational circulation of literature.

It wants to show a whole continent with a strong passion for languages and cultures. European Literary Fair will hopefully bring Europe and the Philippines closer through this literary tour of Europe –giving a glimpse of Europe with its extraordinary stories with every page.

Agos: Modern European Writers in Filipino, the newest addition to the European Anthology series will also it make its big splash to Philippine shores, following the success of its predecessor Layag: European Classics in Filipino,  at the Opening Night of the European Literary Fair, in partnership with National Book Store on April 4 in Glorietta Mall. It will present stories from various authors from 13 European countries highlighting the works of outstanding emerging literary talents.




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