The Leipzig Book Fair is underway as of yesterday, and as always there is a lot of eastward looking literary fare on the agenda, kicking off today with something about Euromaidan that has Yuri Andrukhovych, Andrei Kurkov and writer and singer Irina Karpa among the panel participants (I say “something about Euromaidan” because the program is all in German so I don’t know what it is exactly. But since the participants are who they are, and not, for example, Putin and Sergey Lavrov, it’s fair to assume the panel isn’t titled “Euromaidan: How Russia Will Save Ukraine from the Nazi Threat).
There are a lot of other interesting writers and panels, and in the midst of all the various tragedies under discussion the greatest tragedy of all for me is that I’m not in attendance. And it’s not even that far away. Oh well, maybe next year.
Photo – Yuri Andrukhovych/Leipzig Book Fair