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Belgrade Book Fair 2011.

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Paulo Coelho book "Aleph" and musician Bora Djordjevic "What is the poet wanted to say" the best-selling books at this year's Book Fair, according to a survey Tanjugovoj. Coelho published novel "Paidea" has sold 3,000 copies, while the work is well-known musicians in the 2,000 copies sold.

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The server edition on the stand "Paidea" and are "well-known stranger" Fernando Pessoa, "Silk" Alessandro Barika and "royal privilege" Amelie Notomb, a great interest of governments and all other titles of Coelho.

"Genes club" has sold about 1,000 copies of the book tells "antidepressants" which was prepared by Mirjana Bobic-Mojsilovic, and among her books are best-selling "Hunger," "Mr. false" and "Diary of Serbian housewives."


In the "Official Gazette" best selling new book by academician D. Cosic "in another century," sold 263 copies, and are required and "Hugo Pratt: Wanting to be useless," talks with Dominique Pfifom (91), then "Sound Book - in Portuguese, "a group of authors (76)," you wrote Kaj bre "Igor Mandic (76) and" Awake "by Stefan Bags (67). Good books are sold and Guillaume Musso and Robert Ladlam published by "Alnari".

Publishing house "Laguna", which stand hard to get the crowds, sold out a monograph on Julius Caesar, whose price was reduced from 1900 to 190 dinars.

In "Creative Center" today and tomorrow are expected to visit the greatest, but are satisfied with the interest in the headlines "book for every girl" Violeta Babic, a series of guides "Little psychology" - "How to survive school," and series for preschoolers - "Small mathematics" and "Small Primer".

Among the issues of "art Stylos" is the best-selling anthology of poems by Miroslav Antic "It begins where the sky", while on the stand "Mladinske of" most wanted title "Mozgonetke" Mickey Marotija Miklos, whose subtitle is "Exercise snakes around the entertainment."

The book "Rebels - Serbian mythology" (1,700 dinars) Milenko Bodirogića, published by small publishers Novi Sad "Orfelin", which this year awarded ULUPUDS, the best-selling title of the publishers at this year's fair. He said the owner Bodirogić, the third volume of a trilogy about the mythological creatures are only slightly lower sales than the previous "being expelled" (2,000 dinars), which last year won four awards and the exhibition had much more media attention, which is continuing this year.

At the stand of the Novi Sad publisher "Mediterranean pablišing" director and founder of Nikola Jankovic said that his best selling book "Ukleti architect" of the architect Bogdan Bogdanovic, who is otherwise so far released four titles. Prices Jankovićevih books range from 700 to 1,200 dinars, and he is pleased with sales.

For publishers of children's edition of "Brownie" great interest the government of tactile books for babies from the series "The baby's touch," and the new picture in the form of magnetic koferčeta, to children aged three to five years.

Representatives of the publishing house "Globosino Alexandria," Tanjug said that like every year is a great selling novels Ljiljana Habjanovic-Djurovic, who every day from opening to closing date signed books, but could not specify how many copies sold to date.


At the stand of "Utopia" surprised that people are willing to set aside 1,000 dinars for the work "History of North American Indians" Angie Debo, and among the best-selling and Spanish thriller "The secret of thy name" Clara Sanchez, Miles Davis autobiography and Nušićeva "Devetstopetnaesta. The tragedy of a people. "

The book "Take a Croat" Igor Mandic's best-selling book publisher in the booth "Profile"

Photo: Virtuelne setnje

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Overview and History

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia and has a population of just under two million. It's in the middle of the Balkan Peninsula in southeast Europe where the Danube and Sava rivers meet.

Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe with a history that goes back seven thousand years! Of course, with two rivers meeting you can expect that there will be a lot of human activity across the ages. Caves with Neanderthal skulls and bones from the early Stone Age show the time frame we're talking about here.

Due to its strategically valuable position between East and West, Belgrade has been at the center of battles throughout most of its history. Our history begins with the Roman colonization (of course) at the end of the first Century AD, when it was called Singidunum. The Huns destroyed the city in 441AD and began a period of squabbling between Sarmatians, Goths, Gepidaes and more Goths. During this time the name of the city changed to Taurunum and Malevilla.

The Slavs permanently settled here in the seventh century then immediately fought the Bulgarians. The Slavic name "Beligarad" was first recorded around 878AD, then Hungary attacked and the Byzantine Empire took over, remaining in control until 1284. The first, second and third armies of the Crusades came through in the early middle ages, seeing Belgrade in ruins.

For the first time, Belgrade became part of Serbian rule when King Dragutin was given the city from the Hungarian Crown. More fighting ensued, Hungary repossessed the city and by the fifteenth century they were battling the Turkish Ottoman invasion.

Between 1440 and 1867 the Turkish controlled Belgrade except when they were temporarily defeated by armies from Bavaria, Savoy, and Austria. Under Turkish control Belgrade was the second largest city of the Ottoman Empire, surpassed only by Constantinople. Being stuck between the Ottoman and Hapsburg Empires was not the best place to be.

Several centuries of internal rebellions and periods of occupation by the Holy Roman Empire prevented industrial development as was seen in other European countries. Finally in 1878 Serbia was recognized as an independent state and kingdom with Belgrade as its capital.

The World Wars of the twentieth century were not kind to Serbia. In WWI it was heavily bombed and occupied by Austrian and German troops. The city was then liberated by Serbian troops only to dissolve into a dictatorship as of 1926.

In WWII Belgrade was bombed by the Allies and occupied by Germans, who massacred one hundred Serbs for every German killed. It was liberated by the Russian Red Army, ending up as the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia in 1945.

Recent history: Belgrade was the center of the last outbreak of smallpox in Europe during its Communist period, in 1972. Massive demonstrations took place in 1991 and protests over election fraud continued until 1997. Serbia has the highest hyperinflation in the history of mankind in the year 1993. The first non-Communist government was installed in 1997, the Kosovo War saw NATO bombing Belgrade (again) in 1999, and finally the dictatorship of Slobodan Milosevic ended in 2000AD.

Serbia got its first democratic government in 2001. Yugoslavia was formally brought to an end in 2003. Serbia and Montenegro declared independence in 2006 and Kosovo followed in 2008 under continuing dispute.

Getting There

Nikola Tesla Airport is where you'll be flying in if you come by plane.

Do you know Tesla? He was one of the geniuses of the modern world, who invented radar and alternating current by drawing the pictures which appeared to him in visions. He came from Serbia and would have given the world FREE ELECTRICITY if the leaders of the industrial revolution had actually wanted what was best for humanity instead of what would make them personally rich. They took control of his inventions and he died a broken man.

Anyway, the airport connects to Belgrade by bus, taxi and car rental. It's 18km from downtown.

Transportation

From what I hear, unlicensed taxi drivers try to shove you into their car outside the bus station. You should probably go a few blocks and catch a licensed taxi which has two number plates on the roof for proof. If you take a taxi, make sure it's got a blue city taxi sign on the roof, pay what's on the meter and don't pay any extra for your baggage.

You can get around the city by bus, trolleybus and trams. Night buses and trams operate on slightly different routes than daytime, and don't forget to get your ticket punched when you climb on board.

People and Culture

The official currency of Serbia is the dinar (RSD), which was 95 dinar to the Euro at the time of this writing.

Due to the many kinds of invasion in the history of Serbia, the people of Belgrade reflect Jewish, Asian, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox influences in their heritage. A friend of mine from Serbia said that people listen to the tallest guy in the room who shouts the loudest. (He said it in a funny way, it's not meant as an insult.)

Serbian food is hearty and nutritious. Think of Greek cooking combined with Croatian recipes -- minced meat grilled and seasoned spicy. Lots of lamb, pork and veal. Stuffed cabbage similar to Moussaka. Home made apricot brandy, man!

Try Loki for a bite at night. You will feel like you never had a hamburger before!

Things to do, Recommendations

If you're visiting Belgrade in early March, check out the annual International Film Festival. It goes up in the same month as the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, a competition.

For nightlife in Belgrade, you have a lot of options. There are clubs build on rafts in the river, called Splavovi. For regular clubs on land, start with Anderground, a famous club located underneath the Kalemegdan fortress. The list continues here. There are about a gazillion pubs and bars to choose from when your night is getting started, as well as casinos and jazz clubs.

Have fun!

Text by Steve Smith.

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