22 Images from the 32nd Slovenian Book Fair

Fidel and Grace / Bob Ramsak

For the book-curious among you, a peek at some of the titles that awaited bibliophiles who chose to spend Black Friday –and Wednesday, Thursday, yesterday and today– at the 32nd Slovenian Book Fair, which concluded today.

I went yesterday; coming on the day that the world learned of Fidel Castro’s passing, naturally I was drawn to the juxtaposition above featuring the former Cuban leader and Grace Jones, two Caribbean luminaries and revolutionaries, born just 500 miles apart. I can’t remember the last time I hummed Do or Die.

Books remain a fairly important cultural component in Slovenia. As recently as 2014, the country, with its 120 or so publishing houses, ranked third in the world in the number of books published annually per million inhabitants with 1,831, behind the UK which published a staggering 2,875, and Taiwan.

Visits to book fairs, where much if not most of the time is spent browsing, is mainly a visual journey; here’s a brief summary of that trip in 22 images of some of the 3,000 new books featured.

 

Comic Love: Shakespeare, Hegel and Lacan
Comic Love: Shakespeare, Hegel and Lacan

 

American Gods, in Slovenian
American Gods, in Slovenian

 

Journal for the Critique of Science, Imagination, and New Anthropology
Journal for the Critique of Science, Imagination, and New Anthropology

 

Journal for the Critique of Science, Imagination, and New Anthropology #264 - The Balkan Migration Route: Rrom resistance at the borders to the striptease of humanism
Journal for the Critique of Science, Imagination, and New Anthropology #264 – The Balkan Migration Route: From resistance at the borders to the striptease of humanism

 

Romeo, Juliet and Hamlet
Romeo, Juliet and Hamlet

 

Lots of philosophy on sale
Lots of philosophy on sale

 

HitchHikers series
HitchHikers series

 

Yugoslavia and the World 1968 and The History of Faces
Yugoslavia and the World 1968 and The History of Faces

 

George Monbiot
George Monbiot and Anarchy Anthology 3

 

Zizek's Jokes, arrival hot off the press
“Žižkovi Vici” or Zizek’s Jokes, arrival hot off the press

 

Growth Fetish with Sour Grapes
Growth Fetish with Sour Grapes

 

Hanif Kureisha - The Last Word
Hanif Kureishi – The Last Word

 

Blue Monday, discounted
Blue Monday, discounted

 

Kafka graphic novel, by R Crumb
R Crumb’s Kafka

 

A children's corner, one of many
A children’s corner, one of many

 

Philosophy on sale
More philosophy on sale

 

A Tina Maze story, for children
A Tina Maze story, for children

 

Trieste and Brotherhood
Trieste and Brotherhood

 

Mountaineering Guides and Hiking maps
Mountaineering Guides and Hiking maps

 

Wine Folly
Wine Folly (in Slovenian!)

 

Cankarjev Dom Cultural Center - mirrors on the ceiling and even some champagne on ice
Cankarjev Dom Cultural Center – mirrors on the ceiling and even some champagne on ice

 

 

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  1. capejohn says

    I said for years that I would only read books on paper. Last year a found a kindle at a yard sale and was told, “it doesn’t work, just take it if you want.” I took it home, charged it and began downloading books. It’s my go to for most reading, but I still can’t resist buying paper reading at a book fair.

    1. Bob R says

      Very similar with me, since the waning days of 2012. You can’t beat Kindles for portability. Another problem is practical: I’ve pretty much run out of room for more books.

  2. Manja Mexi Movie says

    If I was there, I’d be there. Thank you for taking us along. Did you get Kureishi, or read it yet? I would. I will. (Note the last ‘i’ in surname). Some things never change (such as mirrors on the ceiling and the ‘Filozofska knjižnica’ collection design). It’s good this way. And I’m proud of my country for its book production.

    1. Bob R says

      Production is still very high, but consumption apparently is on a downward trend. (I was trying to find accurate recent figures but ran out of time.) It was being discussed last on a couple TVSLO programs last night which, unfortunately I couldn’t devote my full attention to.

  3. Playamart - Zeebra Designs says

    the last caption triggered an unexpected snort of a laugh!

    1. Bob R says

      It is an interesting space. This is in Ljubljana’s largest cultural center, a complex I really do like. Except for this ground level. Low ceilings = somewhat poor circulation. The mirrors are quite fun though.

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