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Russia at the Havana Book Fair

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Havana Book Fair will run from February 11 to 21 at the La Cabana fortress in Havana and until March 7 in the libraries of 15 cities in Cuba, with special guests from Russia, a nation with 5,700 publishers that tops the list of countries producing books along with China and the United States, according to Oleg Vyazmitinov, head of the Ria Novosti agency in our capital.

The bureaucrat referred to his country’s delegation, composed of nearly 200 personalities from books and culture, who will participate in lectures, presentations, seminars, fathering and conferences about literary and artistic themes that demonstrate the revival of relations between Cuba and its former socialist mother country, after two decades of estrangement.

The program includes a dozen films inspired by books from Russian storytellers, like the cartoon series, “A Ton of Gems” and the movie “Night Watch” based on the novel of the same name by Sergei Lukyanenko, the most famous science fiction author who will come to the fair along with the poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the saxophonist Igor Butman, artists and circus performers, the group Gzhel, Dance Theater of Moscow, and literary agents, businessmen and politicians.

As a preamble, the Cinematica of Cuba will show, between January 13 and 18 in the Sala Charlott, a Reprise of Soviet Cinema with five films from the legendary Andrei Tarkovsky, followed by other files from the period of 1966-1980.

The Cuban publishers will pay homage to the Russian culture with dozens of titles on the fairgrounds.  Art and Literature will present two contemporary anthologies, one of stories and the other of poetry, as well as some classics: Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky; The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov; War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy; and selected texts by Alexander Pushkin.

The publisher Gente Neuva has Russian Folk Tales by Alexander N. Afansiev.  The publisher Abril has Russia is Inexhaustible by the Cuban writer Irene Hernandez Alvarez; while Ediciones Union offers Tales for Children by Tolstoy, and King Zoltan by Alexander Pushkin.  Ciencias Sociales regales readers with two biographies: Peter I by Alexei Tolstoy, and one of Lenin by Gerald Walter.  Two volumes on cinema are reprinted by Editiones ICAIC: Eisentein, by Victor B. Shklovski, and The Cinema Between Heaven and Hell, by the essayist and critic Alexander Mitta.

The 19th Havana International Book Fair will honor two figures from the Island’s culture: the writer Reinaldo González Zamora (National Prize in Literature 2003); and the historian María del Carmen Barcia (Social Sciences Prize 2003), who will participate in the opening along with artists and officials from Cuba and Russia.

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