A second Oktoberfest

<p>Herbert Lottman</p><p>Survivors of this year's Oktoberfest in Munich say it was wilder than ever, the beer all but flooding the streets. Here in the Frankfurt Buchmesse, management did everything it could to create a festive fair, with special events everywhere. Yet it would have been difficult to dispel the gloom enveloping the exhibition halls (the German ones most of all). </p><p>In fact the fair's opening gun--the 17th International Rights Directors Meeting focusing on the German and French book markets--offered a grim picture of the former. Recession--which the Germans prefer to cal...

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