Paulo Coelho (2005)

12th International Book Festival Budapest turned out to be highly successful among Hungarian book-lovers, 61.000 people visited the venue of the book fair. Budapest Grand Prize was awarded to Paolo Coelho, the world-famous Brazilian writer; his devoted readers gave him a warm welcome. His popularity is clearly shown by the 250.000 copies of his book sold in Hungary in 2005. After the successful presentation of Germany, the contemporary literature and publishing of Russia were introduced at the Festival. Visitors could meet Europe-wide recognized Russian authors, such as Tatyana Tolstaya, Victor Yerofeyev, Vladimir Voynovich, Yevgeniy Popov or Potr Vayl.