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Book on CPC success widely acclaimed at conclusion of Frankfurt Book Fair

(Xinhua)

13:03, October 17, 2011

FRANKFURT, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The 63rd Frankfurt Book Fair, the biggest book fair and media fair in the world, closed on Sunday after a week-long digital showcase, with the book telling stories about the success of the Communist Party of China (CPC) grabbing the limelight.

The English version of the new book titled "Why and How the CPC Works in China" grabbed many visitors' attention. It elucidates about 13 questions concerning the CPC's success in a vivid story-telling way.

"The book is worth reading, because it solves the 'mystery' of the CPC's success," according to Ingo Nentwig, a German sinologist and ethnologist.

"For some people, the book may destroy the illusory hope that China would soon follow a similar path as the 'real socialist' countries like East European ones did. They have to accept the fact that the CPC will for a very long time be the ruling party," Nentwig added.

Some 283,000 visitors were drawn to the world's largest book show, up 1 percent from last year, and around 7,400 exhibitors from 106 countries and regions participated.

"We're seeing a time of new startups -- the book industry is undergoing an exciting shake-up in the spirit of optimism," said Juergen Boos, director of the Frankfurt Book Fair, at the conclusion of the fair.

As this year's honor guest country, Iceland presented the German versions of more than 200 new books by Icelandic authors, highlighting the "frenetic enthusiasm" shown by Icelanders. New Zealand will take over the title of "the guest of honor" next year.

Meanwhile, Boualem Sansal, a writer from Algeria, received a 2,500-euro (3,475-U.S.-dollar) peace prize from the Association of German Publishers and Booksellers, in recognition of his role as a passionate storyteller who is dedicated to promoting cultural exchanges.

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