Literature for children focus at World Book Fair 2014
Literature for children will be the focus at the upcoming edition of New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) with Poland, Guest of Honour country
“We are happy to join hands with a country like Poland which has had four Nobel laureates in literature. The association will be fascinating and facilitate rich exchange of literature between two countries,” says A Sethumadhavan, Chairman, National Book Trust (NBT).
He was speaking at the launch of the translation of a Polish book titled ‘Little Chopin’ here recently.
“The focus for Delhi World Book Fair 2014 will be literature for children and Poland will showcase children’s illustrations through an exhibition and bring books for children,” says Anna Tryc Bromley, director Polish Institute here, part of the Polish diplomatic mission and responsible for promoting Polish culture in India.
“We are recognized for excellent graphic design and nowadays Poland’s publishing for children is blossoming. I am sure we can collaborate with Indian publishers in bringing new, mutual publications, hence we start with a book for children about one of the greatest Polish composers – Frederic Chopin,” she adds.
The Ambassador of Poland to India, Piotr Klodkowski says this association will prove to be beneficial to both Poland and India.
Commenting on the literary exchange between Poland and India, the Ambassador adds literature in languages such as Tamil, Sanskrit and Bangla that includes the works of Rabindranath Tagore, Premchand, Ashok Vajpeyi and the scripts of the Bhagvad Gita and Rig Ved, have been directly translated into Polish language. So, the Indo Polish literary exchange is not new, the ‘aadan-pradan’ has always been there,” he said.
Poland’s participation at the New Delhi World Book fair is the result of collaboration between the Polish Book Institute based in Krakow, Poland and the National Book Trust, India.
The fair, scheduled from February 15- 23, 2014 is expecting important literary figures from Poland including the likes of Wojciech Jagielski from the famed Polish School of Reportage, Olga Tokarczuk, whose book ‘Szafa’ will be made available to Indian audiences with its translation into Hindi, renowned translator and literary critic Magda Heydel, as well as representatives of the Polish book market.
A photographic exhibition on the life and works of acclaimed Polish author Ryszard Kapuscinski will also be on display at the Book Fair, along with the Hindi translation from Polish of his critically and commercially acclaimed book, “Shah of Shahs.”