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The world's biggest book fair opens Wednesday under a cloud of controversy with Iran calling on all Muslim nations to boycott the exhibition because author Salman Rushdie has been invited to speak.Organizers of the Frankfurt Book Fair defended the choice, saying freedom of expression was a key theme at this year's gathering of writers and publishers, 10 months after Islamists marched into the Paris office of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and gunned down its editorial team.It is perhaps ironic that the guest country of this year's show is Indonesia – the nation with the world's largest Muslim population.About 70 writers from the Southeast Asian nation will attend, including author Laksmi Pamuntjak who will present her latest book "The Question of Red," a love story set at in the 1960s, a period of violent repression against communists.Themes of barriers, borders and the fight against extremism will dominate the three days of discussions with 20 writers from around the world, led by Danish author Janne Teller.
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