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Purgatories of Broken Dreams: Bob Dylan´s and Don Quixote´s Desolation Row

(The following is a guest post by Hernán S. M. De Pinillos, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Maryland.) The American filmmaker Martin Scorsese wrote recently in his autobiography, “Scorsese on Scorsese, “I read ‘Don Quixote’ just before starting ‘Gangs of New York,’ and discovered that everything you might want to do […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 2/3/2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 11 a.m. (ET) 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. – noon. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress Reader Identification […]

19th-Century Slovenian Primers and Readers

(The following is a post by Helen Fedor, Reference Specialist, European Division.) Slovenian children in the 19th-century commonly learned to read using primers, or ABC-books, and then graduated to readers — books composed specially for practice in reading gradually-more-difficult texts. Texts for readers are selected, or written, for a specific level of reading ability, and […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 1/27/2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) Book Talk: “Business and Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities for Partnering and Investing in Emerging Business” A Book Signing by Edward Burton The Near East Section of the African and Middle East Division of the Library of Congress presents a book talk, “Business and Entrepreneurship in […]

At the Library: An Interview with Peng Guoxiang, 2016 Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North, Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Qi Qiu, Head of Scholarly Services, Asian Division.) For the first time in 16 years the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the North is a scholar in Chinese Studies. Peng Guoxiang, Professor of Chinese Philosophy, Intellectual History and Religions at Zhejiang University, was selected in July 2016 […]

The Angel of Budapest: Ángel Sanz Briz

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, Reference Specialist in the Hispanic Division.) Sometimes called the “Angel of Budapest” or the “Spanish Schindler,” Spanish diplomat Ángel Sanz Briz (1910-1980) is credited with having saved as many as 5,000 Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust, between June and December 1944. Sanz Briz spent a few years […]

Poet Laureate Visits Library’s Asian Division

(The following is a repost from ”From the Catbird Seat” written by Kelly Yuzawa, who works within the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress and was previously a staff detail in the Poetry and Literature Center.) During a visit to the Library at the end of October, Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 1/13/2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, noon (ET) Lecture: Life and Times of Russian Historian and Culinary Writer Vil’jam Pokhlebkin, 1923-2000 The European Division presents the “Life and Times of Russian Historian and Culinary Writer Vil’jam Pokhlebkin, 1923-2000,” by Ronald Feldstein, Professor Emeritus, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Indiana University, Bloomington. Vil’jam Pokhlebkin […]

The Book of Khalid: An Arab-American Tale

(The following is a post by Muhannad Salhi, Arab World Specialist, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division.) “Orientals” says he, “seldom adventure into that region of fancy and fabrication so alluring to European and American writers; for, like the eyes of huris, our vanity is soft and demure. This then is a book […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 1/6/2017

(Event canceled) Tuesday, January 24, 2017, noon – 1 p.m. (ET) Lecture: Family Histories and Political Marriages in Ethiopia by Dr. Heran Serekebrehan, Deputy Director of the Washington DC Mayor’s Office of African Affairs The African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress, invites you to a lecture, “Family Histories and Political Marriages in […]