Svět knihy 2019: Javier Cercas
Prague’s International Book Fair and Festival, Svět knihy (Book World), was held between 9-12.5.2019. This year I had the pleasure of shooting for the festival. The guests of honor for 2019 were the countries of South America, and the great delegation was led by Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Also attending this year were Nobel Laureate Herta Müller, Booker Award winner John Banville, and the biggest star and almost surprise guest - Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Javier Cercas Mena (born 1962 in Ibahernando) is a writer and professor of Spanish literature at the University of Girona, Spain. He is one of a group of well-known Spanish novelists who have published fiction in the vein of "historical memory", focusing on the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist State. His novel Soldiers of Salamis (translated by Anne McLean) won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2004, and McLean's translations of his novels The Speed of Light and Outlaws were shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award in 2008 and 2016 respectively.