About forty-six Ukrainian publishers took part in last week’s five-day Frankfurt Book Fair. Ukrainian officials see high-profile events such as the fair as key to pushing back against Russia’s attempts to wipe out the country’s identity.
While Ukrainians had top billing at the fair, Russian state institutions, which usually run their nation’s stand, were banned. Instead, prominent opponents of President Vladimir Putin were given the stage.
While the Ukrainian publishing industry initially ground to a halt following Russia’s invasion in February, it has since rumbled back to life.
Sales may not be what they were before the conflict, but some types of books are proving popular, said Cheliak: Ukrainian history for example — and how to deal with trauma.