Vietnam’s Impact at the Cuban International Book Fair

The organizers aim to provide Cuban and international friends with a deeper understanding of Vietnam's country, people, culture, innovation, and development through the Vietnamese space.

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The 32nd Havana International Book Fair has showcased approximately 100 books and publications about President Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s revolutionary cause, and the country’s renewal process. The Vietnamese pavilion at the fair provided insights into the country’s culture, innovation, and development, allowing Cuban and international visitors to gain a better understanding of Vietnam.

Each year, the Havana International Book Fair selects a guest country of honor and celebrates a renowned writer, poet, or cultural figure. In 2020, Vietnam was the honored guest, while Brazil took the spotlight this year.

The Vietnamese pavilion at the 32nd Havana International Book Fair. Photo: VNA

The Havana International Book Fair, which opened on February 16, attracted literature enthusiasts from 45 countries and territories, including Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, and Palestine. This 10-day event welcomed domestic and international readers, authors, publishers, librarians, and celebrities who sought to experience the unique identity of this fair, which has no comparison with any other event of its kind.

In its 32nd edition, the fair presented more than 1,000 titles, both in print and digital formats. Over three million copies were made available to the public throughout Cuba, with digital books being offered for free download.

The Vietnamese Embassy in Cuba collaborated with Su That (Truth) National Political Publishing House, Nhan Dan newspaper, Communist Review, and the Political Theory Journal of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics to showcase over 100 books, newspapers, and magazines at Vietnam’s pavilion. Photo: VNA

The Havana International Book Fair, first held in 1982, serves as a platform to promote reading culture, especially among young people. Traditionally, the fair lasts for 10 days at the San Carlos de la Cabaña fortress and then continues in other provinces of Cuba. The final stop of FIL Cuba 2024 will be the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba.

Despite difficulties in accessing information and new technology due to the US embargo, reading remains a common habit among the people of Cuba. This habit has contributed to the development of science in the country.

During a recent visit to Cuba, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) delegation introduced a book on the theory and practice of socialism in Vietnam by General Secretary of the CPV Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong. The book, titled “Mot so van de ly luan va thuc tien ve chu nghia xa hoi va con duong di len chu nghia xa hoi o Viet Nam” (roughly translated as “Some theoretical and practical issues on socialism and the path to socialism in Vietnam”), consists of 29 outstanding articles and speeches by the Party leader. It aims to provide cadres, Party members, and the public with insights into socialism and the path to socialism in Vietnam, promoting consensus in society and harnessing national solidarity to achieve the strategic goals set by the Party and late President Ho Chi Minh.

Hannah Nguyen