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The Story of Water Margin (水滸傳)

(The following is a post by Jeffrey Wang, Reference Specialist for the Chinese Collection, Asian Division.) In the course of the last six hundred years, many masterpieces of Chinese fiction have become classics and wielded tremendous influence over the thoughts and imagination of the Chinese people. Among them is the “Story of Water Margin” (水滸傳), […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 7/7/2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 11 a.m. Hispanic Reading Room Research Orientation Sign up for our research orientation and learn about the Hispanic Reading Room services and collections. Orientations are offered to the public the second Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification […]

Chinese Periodicals Related to the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) in the Asian Division, Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Yuwu Song, Chinese Reference Specialist, Asian Division.) The Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945 started with the Marco Polo Bridge Incident on July 7, 1937, when a dispute over a missing Japanese soldier escalated into a battle. All-out war broke out shortly afterwards, and ended with the unconditional surrender of Japan […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 6/23/2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 11 a.m. Hispanic Reading Room Research Orientation Sign up for our research orientation and learn about the Hispanic Reading Room services and collections. Orientations are offered to the public the second Tuesday of every month from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification […]

The Water Spirit Melusina

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) The 14th-century “Livre de Lusignan” (Book of Lusignan) by Couldrette reads like a soap opera, featuring interrelated characters who have the most unusual adventures. The work also advanced the claim by the important noble family of Lusignan from Poitou, western France, that they were […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 6/16/2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017, noon - 1 p.m. Book Talk: The Unlinking of Language and Identity Dr. Brenda Domínguez-Rosado, from the University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón campus, will discuss her book, “The Unlinking of Language and Puerto Rican Identity: New Trends in Sight.” Language and identity have an undeniable link, but what happens when there are […]

An Arab Nationalist Survival against All Odds: Muhammad ‘Ali Eltaher

(The following is a post by Nawal Kawar, Arab World Specialist, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The aim of this post is to introduce the reader to a recently acquired multi-format collection comprised of over 2,000 items including books, photos, newspapers, and correspondence, documenting the history of the Arab world from the […]

A Visit to the Bogota Book Fair

(The following is a post by Catalina Gómez, reference librarian in the Hispanic Division.) Earlier in May, I had the good fortune to travel to Bogotá, Colombia to attend one of Latin America’s largest book fairs. The Feria Internacional del Libro de Bogotá (FILBO) (Bogotá’s International Book Festival) is held annually in Colombia’s capital, and […]

New Videos Monthly, 6/9/2017

Following are the online recordings (webcasts) of recent public programs pertaining to the Library’s international collections. To discover more videos, visit the four area studies divisions here: African and Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic. African and Middle Eastern Division Title: Discovery of the Secret of the Great Pyramid & the Tomb of Tutankhamun (view on YouTube) SPEAKER: Mamdouh Eldamaty EVENT […]