This year, for the first time, the Dreamlike Book Fair in Istria was presented at the Leipzig Book Fair not just by a Croatian author but also by a special programme. 'Istria under Bark' including Boris Domagoj Biletić (poet), Roberta Razzi (poetess), Livio Morosin, Dario Marušić, Mauro Giogi and Anica Franjul (musicians) was scheduled on 12th March 2008 at the Hornst Erben Club, the ex-cult beer-hall in Leipzig, which is today a club well-known for its specific programme orientation.
A big number of people in the audience, and among them some distinguished German and Austrian editors, agents, publishers and journalists, was later joined by Oliver Zille, the Leipzig Book Fair Manager. The fascination with the programme was immediately confirmed by many words of congratulations, lobby talk and substantial media coverage. But also by invitations for further presentations throughout Germany and Austria.
The above-mentioned performance was preceded by the presentation of the book published by Drava Verlag, Literarisch Reisen: Istrien (Literary Journey in Istria). This is actually the German translation of the book, already published by Vuković&Runjić in Croatia upon the initiative of the Dreamlike Book Fair. The presentation guided by the famous German writer Josef Haslinger included the book editor Alida Bremer and writers Marica Bodrožić, Daša Drndić and Boris Domagoj Biletić.
This year, the Pula Book Fair presented Daša Drndić in Leipzig as 'its' writer. Let's remind you, the partnership between these two book fairs has already been resulted in the Leipzig presentations of the following authors: Luko Paljetak, Igor Grbić and Žarko Paić. Daša Drndić was presented under the Forum International programme by Seid Serdarević, editor, who tried to make an agreement upon the release of her book Sonnenshine at the German market. And he'll succeed, we strongly believe!
The Istrian musicians also took part in some other programmes presenting Croatia in Leipzig, so we could say: if there's any 'fan club' in Leipzig, it surely has got to do something with Livio Morosin, Dario Marušić, Mauro Giorgi and Anica Franjul!