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1 November 2021 - Victor Schiferli
It was a question that had occupied people’s minds for months: would the Frankfurt Book Fair take place? And if so, in what form, and who would be there? Since the Netherlands and Flanders had been guests of honour in 2016, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, along with other focus countries, had been kept abreast of efforts to organise a safe fair in online meetings with the fair’s organisers. Should masks be worn? How much distance should visitors keep from each other? How wide should the corridors be? In the summer it became clear that the fair would take place – with restrictions, but there was an air of optimism.