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channels about which you should better check it out yourself c.n.u.t.'s. billion people in east africa threatened by starvation what are the causes of the situation. we focus on five specific problem areas. journalistic project trying to find the answers why africa goes green our topic this week. online. arts twenty one with a special edition about the frankfurt book thing. do you still read books stupid question not quite the inconvenient truth is book sales are down in germany by a staggering thirteen percent and germany is not the worst case so that's not
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exactly good news as the book world is gathering in frankfurt under a dark sky for its annual literary october first the book that. so let's have a look around that biggest cultural event on earth let's meet authors and publishers from around the world ask them what's on their mind and let's check out some good new rates. but first up with all the. declining sales let's see if the end of the book world is nigh. are the days of books numbered certainly not at the frankfurt book fair in fact more and more books are being published an ever shorter
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intervals. it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the choices. but there are fewer bookshops and so less advice on what to choose readers are buying books online instead of this i doubt it's a challenge in terms of visibility but it's also an opportunity for publishing houses because we stand for quality products that we perfect in terms of content and design before publishing them that gives readers some orientation and guarantees them a certain quality. and quality it's fresh. swiss publishing house kind and offers high quality paperbacks for their twenty year anniversary c.e.o. pay to hard commission the german english serialized novel forty six novelists contributed five pages each. they were only part of one larger story that shows that the publishing house and its books have something in common that they
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belong together that's the best thing a publishing house could hopeful is the truth. is like a big family which includes the readers at the book fair they can win a night stay in one of the publisher's accommodation containers complete with a bedtime story read to them by an author. writers up close and personal that's popular in frankfurt to the fair boasts numerous readings and book presentations. events like these are increasingly important a live show for every kopek. sophia huffman is food blogging royalty with thousands of followers now she's written her very own cookbook the line between the blogosphere and books is blurring yeah you can write about timely things you can tap into current trends that makes it special with regard to cookbooks i can say that publishing houses are interested in this because
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it means they get a feel for what's fashionable. that way they can see which trends might get picked up in the print sector. the book market is changing audio books for all age groups are being published alongside regular printed editions it's a real growth market. revenue for children's and young adult books is growing too. but publishers are also under pressure to constantly come up with new ideas. the latest concept is licensing deals with animation giant walt disney. we get film characters and other things that are displayed where our books are on sale. so people will become aware of our books in bookshops or in gas stations or in supermarkets because of certain film characters or film themes on display. we think
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and we can see from sales figures that this lets us reach new target groups. and. for the fourth year an e-book prize will be awarded at the frankfurt book fair although the ebook hype is dying down what counts is quality the prize honors layout and functionality which is especially important in nonfiction and children's books mr it's not enough for a children's book to be animated with things like falling snowflakes it should also encourage reading it should read the text aloud while the corresponding lines are highlighted. new ideas are needed a start up from southern germany has developed a so-called book it has regular book pages with a twist when you touch the text or pictures you hear the respective sound. who cares. it's
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a different experience when you touch paper and get an interactive response it's unique and novel which makes it a special experience that hasn't existed before. but. while some complain about the demise of books this man is full of optimism. he's even founded his own publishing house. my first book focused on of what can i for a small region in germany that's really worth seeing now publishing house wanted a book of this kind they didn't fancy the sort of craftsmanship so we decided to publish it ourselves. and the commercial success has proven him right this passionate photographer's books are a hit with readers and clients one thing led to another our colleagues came to us and now we're producing these wonderful books. the frankfurt book fair is proving that reading hasn't gone out of style. from. treasures for people your files to
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technological gimmicks the publishing industry is vibrant and above all ingenious. one of the hot topics among the literary crowd in frankfurt traditionally is awards like the noble prize that went to ishiguro this year not much debate about this compared to last year's prize winner bob dylan. but. the renowned peace prize of the german book trade goes to legendary canadian writer margaret atwood this year a boy and doomsayer and a writer of dystopia as the new york magazine describes. and that's a good opportunity to reread her canonical master the handmaid's tale that should be definitely on your list. you can also follow atwood on twitter she's still very
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active there at seventy eight and you'll be in company of one point seven five million at what fans and now we're going to meet the author of the german novel of the year the winner of the german book price. need to go back minister born and if you enter he's a passionate european who is credited with writing the first novel in which the e.u. plays the main row it's just been named this year's winner of the german book prize . for admission to. naturally i'm happy about it but i think every author wants recognition for their work and its efficacy. and anyone who claims he does needed that it doesn't matter to him is lying of that i'm sure. his book is entitled the hope start on the capital and refers to brussels the control center of the european union. minister spent four years there conducting research for his novel which
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shows that you're a cry. it can make for wonderful fictional characters. in literary terms how did you go about transforming brussels this iraq receive this abstract power structure into a human story. because it's this is concern for the initial approach is quite simple working it all out isn't always so easy but starting is you just have to assume that even though it's an abstraction it's one made by people. and you can tell a story about anything manmade that's why i went to proselytize for a closer look to see it concretely because it plays a role in it and has an impact on all our lives. his e.u. cosmos is manmade and hysterically funny in manassas novel ambitious civil servants decide to give the e.u. commission's battered image a make over it's
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a bold venture. with threat and humor manasseh writes about political power games narrow minded nationalism and about the need for peace in europe. you're a great pro european post nationalist as a writer do you think a book like yours can affect change. do you know the fable about the sparrow that lies on its back with its legs severe. a cat comes walking by it ordinarily it would eat the bird right away. but it's intrigued by the way the sparrows lying there and asks animal of the skies why are you lying on the ground with your legs in the air. the sparrow says i'm afraid the sky will fall down the cat says and you think you can prevent that with your feet little legs and the sparrow says it's all i can do and you see i'm the sparrow. there's at least a glimmer of hope. that captures the mood of the e.u.
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at present with all its serious undertones that his books attracting attention worldwide publishing rights for the capital have already been sold in thirty five countries. what is your favorite french author is it victor. or is it michelle welbeck. is this year's guest of honor at the book fair and is presenting itself in this pavilion and capsulated the whole literary spectrum of france and the francophone world. this world has changed and so has french literature there's a whole generation of young authors telling stories of an unsettled nation on the
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move we met up with four of them. this city in east central france is often under rated once the heart of france's trade today leon and its suburbs are home to many companies in the pharmaceutical metal and electrical industries. sophie t.v. lives and works here her first novel is about a young unemployed journalist who's struggling to survive. so i wanted to write a book about contemporary society in difficult economic times a theme that hasn't been handled much in literature it's something that affects not only the lower classes but also the middle classes especially during this kind of vacuum between the end of someone studies and the time they get a real job. this state of limbo can our last a decade and. many young people in france are unemployed or underemployed
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a quarter of university graduates don't have a steady job a year after finishing their degrees. sophie deviously knows the feeling she's experienced first hand the battles with authorities the poorly paid jobs and the endless waiting. to do it consumes your life that's what's so hard and the longer it lasts the harder it becomes with me it was over pretty quick but if it goes on for long you don't even want to vote or go out when you're stranded. in her novel the female protagonist is qualified creative and stone broke how can you survive on forty euros for ten long days. not ripping longer so more. normal.
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than a new experience for. her book called the diablo. the bell or when the devil comes out of the bathroom is a piece of biting social commentary yet it's also brimming with humor and imagination. i hope people who've been through this will recognize themselves and saying they finally a book that is about me. our next stop is paris. it's not only france as political capital it's also its capital of culture and a literary legend to boot. but paris is also still reeling from a string of terrorist attacks in recent years. one of the stars of the young french literature scene is lady lesley money in twenty sixteen she won the play gone cool france's most prestigious literary award for her novel she also. the book
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which comes out next year in english as lullaby starts with a horrific discovery. the baby is dead it took only a few seconds the doctor offered assurance that it didn't suffer visit up the limp body found lying amongst the toys in a gray bag. the little girl however was still breathing when they got there. it's the story of a brutal child murder. is very important electorate all children's fairy tales are cruel terrible and unjust personally i like fairy tales a lot i wanted to write one but for the big kids for adults. her fairy tale is about a stressed out bourgeois family who hire a nanny for their children not an african a french woman with the best of references but there are oblivious to her
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background and her awful life in one of the bad news of paris and so faith takes its course. gives readers a real feel for france's class society and lets these very different worlds collide . mixing these two classes in the book automatically results in a kind of combat that's what interested me having them face off against one another . i think france is very very divided and what's even more disconcerting is that these two france's never encountered each other. french society is split and not just since the last elections many fear that president emmanuel macaws new reforms will drive even more people into the arms of the right wing populist one as you know or national front in his semi autobiographical novel the end of any young writer it while doing describes the violence and the desperation of life in a french factory town. the book deals with racism homophobia poverty and people who
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feel the politicians don't respect them. today when people speak of france they don't mean my parents they don't mean the working class there was a very profound sense of injustice that i felt early on which pushed me to write i felt it not only in politics but in literature too that's to say there was a kind of invisibility more than that a violent kind of exclusion because people didn't know that the folks i described in my books even exist. or exist. paris plaster the public francis founding values liberty equality and fraternity are celebrated here. it's also the starting point for a while louise second novel history of violence here he once again tells his own story. he invites a young algerian to come home with him. the stranger then rapes and almost kills
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him. the book explores how violence is generated passed on and multiplied in a xena phobic and homophobic society. that it's this multiplicity of violence that i'm trying to track because the politicians aren't doing it so it's up. literature or other people to do it and that's what i'm trying to do. in its many facets contemporary french literature reflects the shifts and tensions felt in present day france but it also opens up new horizons after all there are authors from several continents writing in french. one of the most exciting of these voices is guy f.a. . he was born in burundi in one thousand nine hundred two but fled to france as a teenager to escape the civil war between the hutus and tutsis.
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saw it all. and we thought if. the fuse. just. for. us. gay f.a.a. is a musician and now lives in rwanda his homeland of rwanda is a frequent theme in his songs but at some point he felt the need to write the story of his little country down on paper pity pain is a search for the lost paradise of his childhood. unfortunately when i arrived in france at the age of thirteen all i remembered about it was the two years of war i just lived through. but country where i was born and where i'd grown up now had an odor of blood and gunpowder. i wanted to rediscover the sense of mangoes and the
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scent of the gardens that were there before the war. so while fayed does write about the bloody conflicts the murders that take place between hutus and tutsis who are sworn enemies and eventually force his protagonist into exile he also writes about his child. it hadn't been really about everyday life before the violence erupted. in france payne was a bestseller and won several major book prizes. for the really kind of resource. i believe this also helps young rwandans young burundi's understand that they don't have to write stories about elsewhere for the world to take an interest. in the success of my novel shows that the best means of touching a universal nerve is to talk about yourself. and that's what i try to tell young
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students take up your pens and paper and write down your stories. in. the book there is a huge buzz the world's largest trading center for rights and licenses hundreds of agents from all over the world have their appointment diaries filled to bursting in frankfurt and publishers from all over the world are here take single books one of the most distinguished publishing houses in india based in calcutta and london with a focus on european literature. and i think a shot founding director of cigar books in
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a country like india with one point three billion people and more than twenty official languages where do german or european books german or european literature find their readers first of all the european lives as i like to call it. is not new. it's been a real candidate at the moment over the last ten years this is true but when i was going. in the late sixty's and seventy's you could actually get european traslation and wonderful literature on the sidewalks then that disappeared because you know a certain kind of person took over publishing when numbers mattered. and after a gap of thirty years again in the country you were beginning to slowly interest in european literature and to jump a little i now find to my distributors reports that so small time in the outside the metropolitans it is amazing i mean we can actually pinpoint who is reading
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there's a growing middle class in india that does all those down there's always been a growing middle class of india with greater booker yes but when the guardian does story on retail in india is one of growing middle class one point three billion and that's a good reading one of the really liberating a certain portion of india that's all that's available the world to disappear we are trying desperately slowly to bring that. that's interesting and for that also you regularly travel to the frank a book fair what do you hope to find here frank for when as an indian long published the frankfurt some more still important thing is that sense of community and the baby knows that the figure comes meaningless we come to put a face to each other again and again the deals happen. custody is happening but that is happening because we're in touch with each other anyway what german authors
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do interest you at the most in the moment we just saw a robot manasseh which is one of you authors as well who is getting the german price right so what names are horse or you would do the same with us is that you see hot implies a certain seeking for the dog to success when people ask me who is it all get out here i don't actually have a response my dog gets. audience is me as a target reader my colleagues as target readers if it rings a bell right if we start my head's become like a church that's when we say ok we love the good old christophe transpire over his life because we discovered him through ensberg owes a dear dear dear friend had who always says to us that we don't know how you do this why do you come to publish me when nobody is obviously buying them in america so well i grew up reading your were not such a pleasure to have my revenge by publishing your if we talk about indian literature
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in germany you would think of brand names like our own dr roy. help us what is beyond these whole name is james is there anything we should get when you know it's almost english language writing this that the common girl not that they're undeserving either but when you see history as an independent german publishers want you to discover you have to do the detective work of finding out the many indias that exist in the language. and of course there are certain languages which are difficult to translate for the principal languages you know whether to be big only when you.


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