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Siguen comentarios sobre Historia universal de libros en Estados Unidos

Ningún bibliotecario de Estados Unidos quiere
perderse la lectura de esta obra monumental
que comienza a ser comparada con
otros aportes mundiales

Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Review Essay

Lucien X. Polastron, Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries Throughout History, translator: Jon E. Graham (Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2007); Fernando Baez, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books, translator: Alfred MacAdam (New York: Atlas & Co, 2008).

by Nancy McCormack

For those of us who have spent a lifetime around books, it’s sobering to remember that humanity’s history with the written word is not all that old. Although our earliest ancestor, Homo habilis appeared on the scene about 2.3 million years ago, writing/script did not become part of the human experience until just a few thousand years ago. What this means is that words in written form have been around for less than one per cent of our species’ time on earth. Ninety-nine per cent of human history is without a singl…

The Guardian convierte texto de Báez en cita obligada sobre el tema

Como he insistido, el éxito de Báez ha llegado a Inglaterra, donde su libro es una referencia para todos los periodistas en sus reflexiones. Basta leer:

Read on... it's good for the soul
At a time when bibliophiles are an endangered species, these books about books tell us why it's reading that makes us human
Peter Conrad

The Observer, Sunday 19 October 2008
Article history

The title of Margaret Willes's book about bibliophiles, Reading Matters (Yale £19.99), is both a slick pun and a stern admonition: reading matters because it is in danger of becoming a lost art, like calligraphy or stenography. We live, as Henry Hitchings says in How To Really Talk About Books You Haven't Read (John Murray £12.99), a book which he ironically addresses to non-readers, in a period not so much of illiteracy as of alliteracy. We surf, browse, scavenge information from cybernetic sources and gut words to send curt txt msgs, but we lack the time and patience to retire into books, adjusting to…