Livre Paris 2019

Between March 15th and 18th 2019, Slovak literature was the honorary guest at one of the most important book fairs, Salon du Livre in Paris. It was the most significant literary event since Slovak independence. 


Before the Book Fair

A long preparation took place before the event which included work with translators, negotiations with French publishers and a search for contacts among the French media. Pavol Choma and Martin Kubina began designing the stand already in April 2018 and about this time, Ján Šicko and the Ové pictures studio began drafting visuals for the promotional materials. 

In June 2018, representatives from French publishing houses were invited to Bratislava in order to get to know the hosting city and meet with Slovak authors. Shortly before the book fair, journalists from distinguished French newspapers, book magazines and broadcasting had visited Bratislava as well. 


A Record Number of Translations

We have introduced the Paris bookfair visitors to 37 Slovak authors. There were 22 translations that were brand new and they were published by eminent French publishers on the occassion of the bookfair. This amount twice exceeds the number of Slovak titles that were published in France after 1989. An extraordinary success for Slovak literature, no doubt. 

French publishers were mostly interested in the immediate present. They were drawn to authors who won the European Union Prize for Literature as well as to female voices and to unique individualist authors. They were intrigued by original writing, by the reflection of the years that have an eight at the end and above all in the topic of Slovak identity within the Central European space. When our literature finally appeared on their radar, they sawthe plenitude of writers to choose from, They also realized that our authors have already made it onto the publishing lists of prestigious world publishers.


The Concept of the Stand


Over the course of the 4 days of the Paris fair, Bratislava was the European literary capital. The Slovak exposition, prepared by the Literary Information Center in co-operation with the Ministry of Culture of Slovakia bore the slogan „On the Edge, in the Middle.“  It symbolized our position: geographically in the middle of Europe and yet, within the literary world, up until now at the edge of interest. The visually audacious concept of the stand featured motifs of the Danube and it was realized by the studio of Pavol Choma. The studiowas awarded the Tatra Banka Foundation Prize in the design category for their concept. 

Diagonal shelves intersected the stand and divided it into two autonomous units: the selling point and the place were discussions were organized. A huge LED screen dominated above, its shape resembling a horizontal version of number 8 (the infinity sign). On the screen, an animation of Veronika Obertová and Michaela Čopíková from Ové Pictures could be seen. 



Almost all authors whose workhas come out in translation attended Livre Paris to introduce their books in person, except for the late Dominik Tatarka and the historian Ľubomír Lipták. There were the poets Ivan Štrpka, Mila Haugová and Mária Ferenčuhová, among others. Prose was represented by Jana Juráňová, Irena Brežná, Pavel Vilikovský, Pavol Rankov, Balla and many more. Their partners in discussions were the French poet and Gallimard editor Guy Goffette and the popular fiction writer Laurent Binet, to name a few.

Aside from literature, we have presented a couple of recently released feature films and documentaries. Theater, dance and music were also part of our exhibition. The event was photographed by Peter Župník and LIC. 




The format „Bratislava, the Invited City“ proved ideal to attract the interest of both visitors and literary professionals. Salon du Livre, one of the most important world fairs, welcomes about 200 thousand peopleeach year. All French media, culture-oriented and not, cover the event extensively. Bratislava, Slovak authors and their books have made it onto the pages of the most prominent French newspapers and literary magazines. It is not easy for a foreign literature to enter the French book market and it took us until 2019 to finally get there. If an author, however, manages to get in, doors anywhere in the world will open up for him. 



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Links and media response



Books bring Bratislava to Paris (The Slovak Spectator, March 2019) 

‘Une Belle Inconnue’: Slovak Literature in Paris (Asymptote, April 2019)



Aj slovenská literatúra je šik! (Pravda, 23.3.2019)

Ivan Štrpka: Už môžem tvrdiť, že som v Paríži básnikom (Pravda, 21.3.2019)

Slovenská literatúra chce preraziť na francúzskom trhu aj cez komiksy (TASR, 18.3.2019)

Bratislava sa predstaví Parížu na stránkach kníh (SME, 12.3.2019)

Slovenský knižný stánok v Paríži ponúka pestrú zmes autorov (TASR, 16.3.2019)

Na blížiacom sa parížskom knižnom veľtrhu Livre Paris bude Bratislava a slovenská literatúra čestným hosťom (Literárne noviny, 11.3.2019)

Máme skvelých spisovateľov, ale zostávajú neznámi. Pomôcť im chce veľký export do Francúzska (Denník N, 11.3.2019)

Slovenská literatúra sa v Paríži nakopla k suverénnosti (Denník N, 19.3.2019)

Francúzsky knižný trh (InBA, 26.2.2019)

Naše knihy budú čítať Francúzi (TA3, 16.4.2019)



Ivan Štrpka : « Un fragment de forêt » (Revue Décharge, 23.9.2019)

Tableaux d’une Slovaquie d’aujourd’hui (Mediapart, 1.6.2019)

Rencontre avec Viliam Klimaček (Le Passeur, 11.4.2019)

Rencontre avec Viliam Klimáček et les éditions Agullo (Anglet, 9.4.2019)

Rencontre avec deux écrivaines slovaques (Université Bordeaux Montaigne, 5.4.2019)

Dialogue avec Jana Juránová et Viliam Klimácek (Escale du livre, 5.4.2019)

Salon du Livre 2019 : Alain Damasio en dédicace, programme de ce lundi (l´Internaute, 18.3.2019)

Pavel Vilikovsky en valeureux pionnier des lettres slovaques (Le Monde, 15.3.2019)

Livre Paris, hommage à Kubrick, produits fermiers: les sorties du week-end à Paris (Le Figaro, 15.3.2019)

« Le Cinquième Bateau » : la banlieue de Bratislava vue par Monika Kompanikova (Le Monde, 15.3.2019)

Le salon Livre Paris ouvre ses portes à l'Europe (France Soir, 14.3.2019)

Le Salon du Livre ouvre ses portes a l´Europe (Le Courrier, 15.3.2019)

Le salon Livre Paris ouvre ses portes à l’Europe (La Rep des Pyrenées, 15.3.2019)

Après London Book Fair: Livre Paris Opens Today (Publishing Perspectives, 15.3.2019)

3000 auteurs ont rendez-vous au salon, placé sous le signe de l'Europe (Le Figaro, 15.3.2019)

« Un chien sur la route » de Pavel Vilikovsky (La Croix, 14.3.2019)

Pavel Vilikovsky n’a surtout rien oublié du passé (L´Humanité, 14.3.2019)

Livre Paris. La capitale slovaque invitée d’honneur (L´Humanité, 14.3.2019)

Livres. La littérature slovaque, cette belle inconnue (Ouest France, 14.3.2019)

Roman. Il était trente fois à Levice (L´Humanité, 14.3.2019)

Livre Paris 2019, le Salon du Livre Porte de Versailles (Sortir a Paris, 14.3.2019)

Le salon Livre Paris débute dans un contexte morose (Le Soleil, 14.3.2019)

Le salon Livre Paris débute dans un contexte morose (Le Droit, 14.3.2019)

Quarante-deux titres pour découvrir la littérature slovaque (Le Courrier, 14.3.2019)

Visite de Bratislava, invitée d'honneur de Livre Paris (Le Figaro, 14.3.2019)

Le salon Livre Paris ouvre ses portes à l'Europe (Le Point, 14.3.2019)

Salon du Livre 2019 à Paris : Dates, programme, auteurs… (Paris et vous, 14.3.2019)

Litterature sans frontieres (RFI, 14.3.2019)

Slovaquie : trois éditeurs pour un panorama du marché du livre illustré (Book Squad, 14.3.2019)

Petits éditeurs et fiers de l’être ! Rencontres dans les travées de L’Autre Salon (Le Monde, 13.3.2019)

Livre Paris du 15 au 18 mars 2019 à la Porte de Versailles (France Inter, 6.3.2019)


Articles on the LIC website

Slovenská literatúra v Paríži - Slovak Literature in Paris

Na okraji, v centre, na Slovensku, v Paríži: reportáž z veľtrhu Livre Paris

Stratená (rukavica) v Paríži - a text by Mila Haugováj about her presence at the book fair

Vizuál stánku - a text about the concept of the design for the stand



Livre Paris: Thursday 14.3. (Peter Župník)

Livre Paris: Friday 15.3. (Peter Župník)

Livre Paris: Saturday 16.3. (Peter Župník)

Livre Paris: Sunday 17.3. (Peter Župník)

Livre Paris: Monday 18.3. (Peter Župník)


Livre Paris: Thursday 14.3. (LIC)

Livre Paris: Friday 15.3. (LIC) 

Livre Paris: Saturday 16.3. (LIC) 

Livre Paris: Sunday 17.3. (LIC) 

Livre Paris: Monday 18.3. (LIC) 


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