Budapest (MTI) – Hungary will be the guest of honour country next month at International Book Fair in Istanbul which is expected to attract at least half a million visitors , Zoltan Balog, the human resources minister, said on Wednesday.
Speaking to MTI, the minister called Hungarian-Turkish relations “peculiar,” noting that although the Ottoman had ruled over Hungary for 150 years, interest in the country towards Turkey is now immense.
He said that Hungary today belongs to the western Euro-Atlantic community but never forgets its roots in the east.
Hungary can serve as a meeting point where those coming either from the west or the east are welcome and understood, he said, adding that this message has been understood in Turkey.
He said that Hungarian literature will be represented through the Turkish editions of classical and contemporary titles.
The Turkish edition of Geza Gardonyi’s classic novel Eclipse of the Crescent Moon about the famous siege of Eger by the Ottomans in 1552 will be among the works.
Titles by contemporary authors such as Imre Kertesz, Laszlo Krasznahorkai, Gyorgy Dragoman and Zsuzsa Rakovszky will also be presented.
Turkish visitors can also attend programmes featuring Hungarian arts and gastronomy, as well as childrens’ programmes at the festival running from Nov. 8 until Nov. 16, he said.