HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 26 (ACN) Cuba closed its participation in the 26th Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) with important negotiations and contacts that will expand the distribution of its literature in China and other parts of the world.
Juan Rodriguez, president of the Cuban Book Institute, told Prensa Latina that his delegation had meetings with the main leaders and organizers of the event, as well as the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to coordinate the presence of the island in 2020, when it will be guest of honor.
According to him, they talked about the reprint and translation into Chinese of classic and contemporary titles, as it will be one of the variants planned to be presented at the fair next year.
Another option in the plans is the exhibition of books in other languages, such as English, which will help to know more about Cuba from all possible points of view, i.e. political, cultural, historical and economic.
However, he added, it will be taken into account that there is a significant number of Chinese citizens who studied Spanish in the Caribbean nation and other Spanish-speaking states, and would be prepared to receive works written in that language.
We are leaving with a broad business proposal so that Cuban literature, both digital and on paper, can move in the world, it is a great opportunity (...) for our reality to be known from our version, and not from those who try to distort it and create criteria that are not always exactly the truth,' he said.
At that point, Rodriguez commented on the great affluence to the stand of public and authors with interest in books related to the thought and trajectory of Fidel Castro, Jose Marti and Ernesto Che Guevara, and the history of Cuba, its music, dance, ballet, as well as those of the writers Miguel Barnet, Nicolas Guillen and Jose Lezama Lima.
He also spoke of proposals from foreign exhibitors and publishers who wish to reproduce Cuban titles in other countries.
This is the third time that the West Indian nation is present in BIBF and Rodriguez highlighted that it will be guest of honor in the 27th edition in the context of celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties between China and Cuba.
It gives special meaning to the celebration (...) as Cuba becomes more known (...) it is going to facilitate a more fluid relationship in all fields and surely benefit from historical ties, and by the degree of current relations there is no doubt that it will be a great impulse to maintain relations from the culture between the two peoples,' she added.
He also valued the two countries as examples of the development of civilized ties and the understanding between a small island and a great power on the basis of respect for what each one does and its particularities.
Cuba was the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean to have its own stand at the BIFB and also participated in a regional stand alongside Venezuela, El Salvador, Grenada, Uruguay and Mexico.
In addition, writers Jesús David Curbelo and Yunier Riquenes gave lectures on Cuban narrative in the 21st century and how books and authors are promoted in their nation.