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Book fair goers want more literary exports

(China Daily)

08:39, October 19, 2011

A girl reads a book at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011 in Germany on Oct 12. About 200 Chinese publishers attended the book fair. Ma Ning / Xinhua

FRANKFURT - Western audiences should have access to more cultural products and publications that convey the views of Chinese writers, journalists and artists.

That's what many of those who attended the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011 said at that event this past week.

"There are many books available about China and Chinese culture, but they are all written by foreigners," said a German visitor, Almute Grohmann-Sinz. "For us readers, it would be great to have the opportunity to read Chinese books written by the Chinese for us."

Grohmann-Sinz said Chinese literature that has been translated into foreign languages is harder to find than Western literature.

"If we were to read about China from a Chinese perspective, it would enrich our knowledge as it is much more original," Grohmann-Sinz said. "So it would be very good if more Chinese publications were present here."

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