ABL opens exhibition inspired by a book by an Argentine writer with 300 rare works
The Brazilian Academy of Letters opened a exhibition that brings together around 300 rare worksincluding first editions of world literature classics, in Rio de Janeiro. The inspiration for the exhibition came from the pages of a book of short stories by Argentine writer Jorge Luís Borges.
Doctor and collector Gilberto Schwartsmann was inspired by Borges’ story to create the exhibition. And it was no coincidence: he is a declared fan of the author. And he has been mining the works he has owned since he was young.
In the Argentine writer’s work, he describes a library as a universe formed by an unlimited number of galleries where all the books in the world would fit.
Among the rare examples are Don Quixote’; Ulysses, by James Joyce; historical copies of the complete works of William Shakespeare; Homer’s Iliad, in a 1715 edition; and the first translations of The Thousand and One Nights.
“It’s a tour of first editions of works that almost everyone has either read or heard of. Also works in the Portuguese language. There is a tribute to Portuguese-speaking, Brazilian and Portuguese authors”, said Gilberto.
One of the showcases is dedicated to manuscripts. With corrections made by the authors themselves before publishing works that won the world and went down in history.
Merval Pereira, president of ABL and commentator for GloboNews, reinforces that the population’s interest in books has always existed even in different times.
“There is an interest among young people in books that is never ending. We just have to stimulate it, as bookstores, for example, some die and several others are being opened. and this depends on incentives not only from cultural institutions, but also from the government,” said Merval.
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Brazilian Academy of Letters hosts exhibition with around 300 very rare works
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