Unexpected Encounter: Portugal – the Leipzig Book Fair 2021 Guest of Honour
Portuguese has 240 million native speakers and therefore ranks among the world languages. With Portugal as the host country of the Leipzig Book Fair from 27 to 30 May 2021, the focus will therefore not only be on a single country but above all on literature written in Portuguese, a language used by authors in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. In addition to prominent writers and promising newcomers from Portugal, Portuguese-speaking authors from Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Mozambique and São Tomé e Príncipe will also be presented. By the start of the book fair in May 2021, more than 50 titles will have been published in the German language by 26 different publishing houses. Additional cultural events in the city of Leipzig are planned to supplement the literary host country appearance.
Alongside new translations of works from the most read Portuguese authors in Germany António Lobo Antunes, Fernando Pessoa and Nobel Prize for Literature winner José Saramago, there are many other names among them, such as: Afonso Reis Cabral, Patrícia Portela, José Luís Peixoto, Margarida Vale de Gato or Gonçalo M. Tavares, Isabela Figueiredo or Dulce Maria Cardoso, Ondjaki (Angola), Mia Couto (Mozambique) und Germano de Almeida (Cape Verde).
You can find an overview of the authors here:
Discover Literature From Portugal in Advance
Every Thursday, the Camões Institut Berlin posts a Bookmark on Facebook and Instagram to offer a delectable preview of the Portuguese-speaking authors.
Organising the Host Country Appearance
The host country presentation is organized by the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transition: CICL (Camões Institute for Cooperation and Language); DGLAB (General Direction of Books, Archives and Libraries); Portuguese Embassy / Camões Institute in Berlin; Turismo de Portugal (Visit Portugal); aicep Portugal Global (Portugal Global – Trade & Investment Agency).