AUTHORS Paulo Coelho

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Popular Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho (Coal Ho) has declined to attend this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, in protest of the choice of writers invited to attend from his country.

Coelho told German newspaper Die Welt: “When it comes to the formal presentation of Brazilian culture, politics unfortunately gets involved in a very unpleasant way.” He claimed he had never heard of 50 of the 70 writers in the delegation, saying: “What annoys me most about it is that there in an exciting new literary scene in Brazil, but many of the young authors are not found on this list.”

Coehlo, used the interview to further attack the Brazilian government, calling it a “disaster”, which had made “big promises and not kept them”.

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