Günter Grass (2004)
In 2004, the 11th International Book Festival Budapest was a European-level event owing to the representative presence of Germany, German literature and publishing. The Festival was opened by the Presidents of the Republics of Germany and Hungary, to be followed by an on-stage conversation between the two Nobel Prize winning authors, Günter Grass and Imre Kertész. Hungarian-German literary dialogues were conducted by such writers as Péter Esterházy – Ingo Schulze, Péter Nádas – Joachim Sartorius, György Konrád – Herta Müller, Béla Bacsó – Michael Krüger. At the European First Novel Festival, held for the fourth time, fifteen young authors were introduced. Altogether sixty talented prose writers have attended the First Novel Festival in Budapest and fifteen had their books published in Hungarian so far.
In 2004 the stands occupied 1600 m2, 150 m2 more than in the previous year. In addition to the German writers fifty foreign writers visited Budapest and over three hundred Hungarian writers met their readers. The catalogue listing the new books of the Festival was published for the first time, containing 240 book titles. Visitors could choose from 50,000 volumes at the Festival.