The Land of the Anamites at the Book Fair opening today

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To the easternmost nation of the Indochina peninsula, to the one described by our National Hero José Martí in his text Un paseo por la tierra de los anamitas (“A walk through the land of the anamites”), to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is dedicated this 29th International Book Fair of Havana, which opens today in La Cabaña until next 16th and in which the Cuban people will be able to enjoy the best of Vietnamese literature and 16 titles of national production around that country, explained to the press Sandra Sarmiento, vice president of the Cuban Book Institute.

Fifty-two members make up the official delegation of the guest of honor, which has reached the largest of the Antilles with a proposal of more than 700 titles, including 20 works of Latin American literature from the 1980s translated into Vietnamese, said Vo Van Phuong, vice president of the Central Commission for Communication and Education of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

The leader also explained that the main themes addressed by the books that arrived at this “great cultural and political event” are The history of traditional Vietnamese culture, art, cuisine, potentialities and beauties of Vietnam, and the achievements of the territorial sector of that Southwestern Asian nation, which “will allow the peoples of Cuba and Latin America, who have come to the Fair, to understand the culture of that country,” said Vo Van Phuong.

Publishers such as La Verdad, El Mundo and Juvenil, among others, will be promoting the best of Vietnamese literature, in addition to some achievements of the publishing sector with the presentation of digital books. Likewise, the Cuban people will be able to enjoy artistic presentations by some members of the delegation.

On the Cuban side, the direction of the Cuban Book Institute stressed that the texts presented by our country in homage to Vietnam cover genres such as historical essays and stories, among them the already mentioned Un paseo por la tierra de los anamitas, which allows to approach that culture from the point of view of the most universal of Cubans. In addition, Editorial Abril proposes titles about the visits of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro to Vietnam and the history of relations between both countries.

Finally, Vo Van Phuong recalled that Vietnam “highly values the ties of exemplary brotherhood, historical friendship, integral cooperation and solidarity” that unite the two nations.

(Taken from Granma)

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