The International Book Fair in Istanbul will welcome Hungary as guest of honor country next month, where an expected half a million visitors will have the chance to learn more about, among others, Hungarian literature. The announcement was made by, Zoltán Balog, the human resources minister on Wednesday.
Speaking to MTI, the minister called Hungarian-Turkish relations “peculiar,” noting that although the Ottoman had ruled over Hungary for 150 years, interest in the country towards Turkey is now immense. He said that Hungary today belongs to the western Euro-Atlantic community but never forgets its roots in the east.
He said that Hungarian literature will be represented through the Turkish editions of classical and contemporary titles. The Turkish edition of Géza Gárdonyi’s classic novel Eclipse of the Crescent Moon about the famous siege of Eger by the Ottomans in 1552 will be among the works. Titles by contemporary authors such as Imre Kertész, László Krasznahorkai, György Dragomán and Zsuzsa Rakovszky will also be presented.
Turkish visitors can also attend programmes featuring Hungarian arts and gastronomy, as well as childrens’ programmes at the festival running from Nov. 8 until Nov. 16.
via HungaryMatters, MTI photo László Beliczay