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En Amazon apenas quedan tres ejemplares de la traducción de la obra de Báez al inglés

Sigue el éxito de Báez en Estados Unidos, con comentarios frecuentes y en la popular tienda Amazon apenas quedan tres ejemplares de su libro: http://www.amazon.com/Universal-History-Destruction-Books-Modern-day/dp/1934633011/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1330312116&sr=1-1

Fernando Báez' "A Universal History of the Destruction of Books": Review

Source: Blogtrotter This Venezuelan librarian answers what a history student, at Baghdad's university in 2003, wonders after the library's been looted of every volume: why does man destroy so many books? The book begins and ends in Iraq, where the earliest texts we have survive, only because of the flames that consumed and preserved their clay tablets. Twelve years of research results in the first "single history of their destruction" (7). Intriguingly, the author has "concluded that the more cultured a nation or a person is, the more willing each is to eliminate books under the pressure of apocalyptic myths" (18) Bibliophiles often can be biblioclasts. We all, he insists, in dividing up "us" vs. "them" negate each other, and play into censorship, exclusion, and eradication as we cannot tolerate criticism or opposition. Translated in pithy style by Alfred MacAdam, it's a fluid and direct overview. Uruk, where the first surviving

Obra de Fernando Báez en Indonesia

Una nota sobre el impacto de Fernando Báez en Indonesia: Sejarah Pembakaran Buku di Barat by Agil asshofie on Senin, Januari 10, 2011 Penulis sejarah asal Iran, Atha Malek Jouyani, menulis buku yang berjudul "Tarikhe Jahan-ghosha." Dalam bukunya, ia menyebutkan peristiwa sejarah terkait serangan bangsa Mongolia ke negara-negara Islam, termasuk Iran. Jengis Khan dan pasukannya melakukan banyak kejahatan dan melakukan banyak kerusakan. Buku karya Jouyani itu menyebutkan masuknya Jengis ke Bukhara dan menduduki masjid kota itu. Jouyani menulis, "Jengis setelah melihat masjid bertanya; Tempat apakah ini? Istana raja?" Pertanyaan Jengis itu dijawab bahwa tempat yang ditanyakan itu adalah rumah Allah. Mendengar jawaban itu, Jengis memerintahkan kotak-kotak yang berisi kitab al-Quran supaya dibawa keluar masjid untuk dibakar. Mongolia dan para penguasanya yang dikenal sangat keji menorehkan berbagai kejahatan luar biasa. Meski demikian, mereka tidak mampu menghan

The Guardian: A Universal History of the Destruction of Books by Fernando Báez – review

Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/dec/18/universal-history-destruction-books-review#start-of-comments

Nueva reseña del best seller A universal History of the Destruction of Books

Una nota en la Mediarama Reviews, escrita por Daniel Zayd: Given the recent calls in the United States to burn the Qur'an, and given the request from political officials all the way up to the president not to do so for reasons having to do with soldier's security and nothing at all to do with the notion of a book being something that one doesn't burn, and given the rampant closing of public libraries throughout the United States for financial reasons, insight is gleaned into how a culture sees the written word and the places such works are held for public use. This sentiment is echoed in this book by the director of Venezuela's National Library, who examines and chronicles such destruction throughout the world, most recently with the sacking of the National Archive of Iraq—the works of which have been saved to a great extent by a populace that realizes on some visceral level that without books there is no history, and without history there is no nation. —Daniel Ibn Z

Siguen reseñas de Historia universal de la destrucción de libros en USA

Esta vez ha sido en la revista Utne reader y destaca las forma de pensar de los grandes destructores de libros. Aqui va parte de la nota: Book Review: Bibliocidal Maniacs A UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF BOOKS by Fernando Báez (Atlas & Co.) by Keith Goetzman - July-August 2010   FaceBook     Twitter     Digg     Delicious Enlarge Image Image Gallery ARTICLE TOOLS Image Gallery Print E-mail Comments RSS RELATED CONTENT Book Review: Lighting a Fire for the Future MORAL GROUND: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nel... 'Forgive or Forget' Taps Into Our Universal Yearnings Mother Love preaches the power of forgiveness....... Music Review: Sisters in Song MADE THE HARBOR by Mountain Man (Partisan)...... Book Review: The New Secessionists BYE BYE, MISS AMERICAN EMPIRE by Bill Kauffman (Chelsea Green)...... Book Review: A Complicated Pregnancy CARRIER: Untangling the Danger in My DNA by Bonnie J. Rough (Counterpoint Pr

Una reseña en The Daily Star

Un ensayo de Syed Badrul Ahsan, e ditor en The Daily Star,   donde reflexiona sobre la reedición del best seller A Universal history of the destruction of boo ks Aqui parte del texto: Books, writers and their enemies by Syed Badrul Ahsan The Dayly Star September, 2010 Books have been burned and writers have been persecuted through the ages. And yet you would expect that in these present times, which are often described in glowing terms as post-modernity, the savagery which in earlier phases of human existence sought to destroy all the good that man could bring forth would have drawn to a close. Not so. Think of the brutality visited upon Baghdad through the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003. In the days immediately following the fall of Baghdad, for yet one more time in history, all the libraries and all the museums in the city were systematically looted. Vandals and thieves simply walked away with the books or put them to the torch. It was but the beginning, for over the next

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Se fortalecen los buenos comentarios en Estados Unidos del clásico de Fernando Báez, quien ha estado estas semanas de gira por todo el Medio Oriente, ojalá nos traiga nuevas pronto. Intellectual Affairs Auto-da-Fé April 14, 2010 By Scott McLemee On April 14, 2003 -- seven years ago today, and just over two weeks before George W. Bush declared “the end of major combat operations in Iraq” – the National Library in Iraq burned down. About a million books were destroyed; another blaze consumed several million documents at the National Archive. University libraries throughout Iraq met similar fates. Meanwhile there was looting of museums that contained some of the oldest-known human records -- composed with reeds on pieces of moist clay, some five thousand years ago. To quote Donald Rumsfeld from one of his discourses on Stoic philosophy: “Stuff happens.” Perhaps we should look on the bright side. The records of Iraq’s Ministry of Oil were spared – their integrity secured through the

A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: longseller

La informacion que nos llega del dificil mundo editorial de Estados Unidos es que se mantiene como un longseller la traduccion al ingles de la obra de Fernando Baez de Atlas Books. Aqui va la pagina de la editorial con la portada en paperback: A Universal History of the Destruction of Books From Ancient Sumer to Modern-day Iraq by Fernando Báez “Impressive. . . The best book written on this subject.” —Noam Chomsky A product of ten years of research and support from leading American and European universities, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books traces a tragic story: the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer, the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq, the leveling of the Library of Alexandria, book burnings by Crusaders and Nazis, and suppressive censorship against authors past and present. With diligence and grace, Báez mounts a compelling investigation into the motives behind the destruction of books, reading man’s violence against writing as a perverse anti

John Leonard y Fernando Báez

John Leonard es recordado como una de las grandes figuras de Estados Unidos, crítico polémico y autor del New York Times y otras grandes publicaciones. La última reseña de este notable ensayista en la prestigiosa Harper´s Magazine estuvo dedicada al best seller Historia universal de la destrucción de los libros de Fernando Báez, que ya tiene en 2010 una nueva edición Paperback en la editorial Atlas Books de New York. Aquí coloco parte de la nota como un homenaje al gran John Leonard: New Books, September 2008 By John Leonard Fire, water, gas, heat, dust, negligence, ignorance, malice, collectors, book sellers, book worms, insects, children, and servants”—these, according to William Blades in Enemies of Books (1880), are the agents most responsible for the deterioration, disappearance, and/or destruction of individual volumes and of entire libraries. He was addressing, of course, such realms of contingency and inadvertence as bad luck, lousy weather, human error, and stuff happens. So

Juntos en Estados Unidos los escritores Alberto Fuguet, Terry Eagleton y Fernando Baez

Ha dado mucho que hablar el notable volumen antológico de James Atlas que acaba de ser publicado en Estados Unidos porque ofrece una nueva perspectiva de la actual realidad de la Superpotencia que hoy dirige el Presidente Barak Obama. El grupo de escritores elegidos analiza el nuevo orden mundial. Hay ensayos muy valiosos como los de Terry Eagleton, padre de los Estudios Culturales en el mundo, y trabajos del renombrado novelista chileno Alberto Fuguet. El escrito de Fernando Báez es una crónica autobiográfica de su relación de amor y odio con Estados Unidos que explica la importancia de que el norte preste atención al sur y afirme sus lazos de amistad. La nota es interesante y ya puede leerse en los nuevos títulos de la prestigiosa editorial: How They See Us Meditations on America Edited by James Atlas "Full of humor and pathos in equal and abounding measure, this compact volume covers the intellectual ground from 'Donald Duck to Donald Rumsfeld' with wit, depth an

Seleccionan ensayo de Fernando Báez en antología de Estados Unidos

Lo primero que quiero es dar el Feliz Año a todos los que han apoyado este blog, a mi familia en La Plata, a los miles de lectores amigos, editores, a mis profesores, a los académicos que siempre nos escriben, e incluso al pequeño club de los enemigos de Fernando Báez, a todos los que aman las ideas y los debates, los buenos libros, para todos FELIZ 2010!!!!!!! Este año se ha iniciado muy bien porque Fernando Báez, ex-Director de Biblioteca Nacional, fue seleccionado en la antología HOW THEY SEE US, magistralmente editada por el notable escritor y biógrafo James Atlas. La obra que circula en los actuales momentos en todos los Estados Unidos es una recopilación de los ensayos de los mejores escritores del mundo sobre cómo ven ellos a la llamada superpotencia solitaria, lo bueno y lo malo. El debate va ser enorme, con mucha altura. Aqui está la nota de San Francisco Chronicle: Nonfiction review: 'How They See Us' Sandip Roy, Special to The Chronicle Wednesday, December 3