From 20th – 26th of October, a 53rd International Belgrade Book Fair was held. Actually, it is still on, the closing time is in 8 p.m. today so if you have time and want to buy a good book you have err…. about 3 hours more left 😀 I was there yesterday, I wanted to buy a few books, mostly as presents for my friends.
Saturday is always the bussiest day in Book Fair but I couldn`t do it another day. So this is what I saw when I finally got there.
I was thinking of taking photos by myself but it was impossible – the crowd was unbeliveable and I was pushed all the time. Not to mention that I needed to fight for a place near the book benches, people were so eager to buy some books like it was all for free :faint: So, all the photos I put here, were taken from official Belgrade Book Fair web site. I hope they will not be angry at me because I took them for my post 😀
From 2005. every year there is a "Country guest of honor" and this year it was Japan. This is what their bench looked like.
On the right and left side of this zen garden were books in shelves, unfortunately it was impossible to buy any of them there but you have to go to publisher`s bench and look after them. This year two books of Natsuki Ikazewa were presented. Also, there was a lecture about today`s most famous japanese modern writer, Haruki Murakami. Next year a Greece will be "Country guest of honor".
Back to crowd. I was looking after some new SF books that were published last year or so but I couldn`t find them. One of the book sellers told me that they weren`t able to put more than 300 books because they didn`t have enough place for them all :faint: So, to one of my friends I have bought an old book, a "Roadside Picnic" by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (original name: Аркадий и Борис Стругацкие «Пикник на обочине»). A book was written in 1974. and in 1979. Andrei Tarkovsky made a movie based on it, one of his most famous creations – "Stalker". I was happy to find it though, this book is rare.
For my other friend I bought another old book 😆 , "Hagakure" by Yamamoto Tsunetomo. I know he will be very satisfied with it.
For myself, I`ve bought "Special mission" by Oto Skorzeny. At first I didn`t want to buy it because I was looking for some SF but knowing some of the fame of that man (and impossibility to find what I was after), I`ve made up my mind. Also, beside SF, history books are my favourite choice :up:
Some trivia for the end of this post:
– 135000 entry tickets was sold this year
– 4000 people were invited to opening ceremony
– 1114 journalists covered the event
– there were 31500 people visiting in saturday (:D)
– 4823 people were employed
– 820 publishers from Serbia and abroad
The only thing I still don`t know is how many books were sold this year. Average price was about 700 dinars (about 9 eur) and it is not cheap for Serbia, but as far as I could see, the number must be impressive.