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“The Good Soldier Švejk”

(The following is a post by Helen Fedor, Reference Specialist in the European Division.) The most famous work by Czech writer Jaroslav Hašek (1883-1923), and probably the best known work of Czech literature, is “Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za svÄ›tové války” (The adventures of the good soldier Švejk during the world war), or as it […]

Early European Resources on Vietnam at the Library of Congress

(The following is a post by Tien Doan, Special Assistant to the Chief, Asian Division.) The history of European interaction with Vietnam can be traced back to “The Travels of Marco Polo,” which records, in the late 1280s, the noted Italian explorer’s experiences traveling through the area, that is modern Vietnam. More than one-hundred versions […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 2/23/2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, noon – 1 p.m. Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Bushra al-Fadil The Poetry and Literature Center and the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress present “Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Bushra al-Fadil,” on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from noon to 1 p.m. The program is […]

Baltic Authors of the Interwar Independence Period, 1918-40

(The following is a post by Taru Spiegel, Reference Specialist, European Division.) Building on the 19th-century nationalist flowering of literature in the various Baltic languages, authors in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania created a significant body of writing during the first period of Baltic independence, between World War I and World War II—1918 to 1940. During […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar, 2/16/2018

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, noon -  1 p.m. Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Bushra al-Fadil The Poetry and Literature Center and the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress present “Conversations with African Poets and Writers: Bushra al-Fadil,” on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from noon to 1 p.m. The program is […]

Memories of My Spanish Childhood

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Perez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division.) One of the fondest memories I have of growing up in Spain during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship was reading my favorite comic books, “El Capitán Trueno” (Captain Thunder) and “El Jabato” (Young Wild Boar). For many years, Trueno and Jabato were the most […]

20th Century Images of East Africa’s Swahili Coast Online

(The following is a post by Eve M. Ferguson, Reference Librarian for East Africa, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The name “Zanzibar” often conjures up visions of exotic landscapes populated by Arabian princesses and sultans, palaces by the sea and a vigorous trade of spices, gold and ivory. But for centuries, trade across the Indian […]

Micrography in the Jewish Tradition

(The following is a post by Sharon Horowitz, reference librarian in the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division.) Micrography is minute script written into abstract patterns or formed into figurative designs such as the shape of animals, flowers or human figures. This is a Jewish form of embellishment of Biblical texts, developed […]

New Videos Monthly, 1/31/2018

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: The Life & Antecedents of a Peripatetic Persian: Culture and Society in the Last […]

Sanskrit Manuscripts in the South Asian Rare Books Collection

(The following is post by Jonathan Loar, South Asian Reference Librarian, Asian Division) In 1938, the Library of Congress received a three-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation to establish a project for the development of Indic studies, which was the Library’s first initiative to collect South Asian materials systematically. This grant enabled the project’s director, […]