Svetlana Alexievich has won a special German literary prize for promoting peace. The 65-year-old Belarussian has written extensively on key chapters of modern history, including the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Eighty-five years ago, fires fueled with literature labeled "un-German" by the Nazi regime burned across the country. Many students enthusiastically joined in the act at the time.
While there's a plethora of topics on the program for the Leipzig Book Fair, there's one thing on everyone's minds: the presence of right-wing publishers at the trade fair. Not a new subject, but a hotly debated one.
Belarusian author Victor Martinovich has had a book banned and his publisher is in jail. While he sees fear and tragedy in his country, he's living proof that books can bring about change.
In the home of Goethe and the printing press, the digitalization and commercialization of the book market is seen as a threat. Paper books are celebrated - not least with a well-endowed prize for small bookstores.
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