Crossposted from Haaretz
The Jerusalem Book Fair may be the only place where you can get from Russia to India via Angola. With a maze of stands representing publishers both local and foreign (this is Angola’s first showing at the biennial convention) you’ll need a GPS to find your way around, or at least a map, which is the one thing easily found — right when you first walk in.
In a day and a half of wandering around Binyanei Ha’uma, I still haven’t made it beyond the Israeli publishers to the international stands. After passing back and forth a few times before a small stand in the Israel pavilion advertising a book called “Obama’s Secrets,” curiosity won out over the unpleasant expectation that the work would offer proof of the U.S. president’s non-American birth, or his links to the Illuminati, and I stopped to talk with Gil Peretz, the book’s co-author.