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The Rivers Sing to the Emperor: A Hebrew Poem of Victory for Joseph II

(The following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.) The occasion was apparently too good to miss. After a 3-week siege that ended on October 8, 1789, the armies of Joseph II, Emperor of Habsburg Austria, wrested the stronghold of Belgrade from Ottoman hands and […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 6/24/2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. The African and Middle Eastern Division Presents Giddes Chalamanda in Appreciation for His Lifelong Contribution to Music in Malawi Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street SE, Washington, DC. Metro stop: Capitol South Event free and open to all. Please allow time to […]

An Interview with Award-Winning Novelist Juan Gabriel Vásquez

(The following is a repost of an interview conducted by Catalina Gómez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Division. This interview originally appeared as part of the Interview Series of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress.) Juan Gabriel Vásquez was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1973. He is the author of seven novels, including […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 6/17/2016

Friday, June 17, 2016, noon – 1 p.m. Lecture: “Warn the Duke”: The Sarajevo Assassination in History, Memory, and Myth Paul Miller, Associate Professor, McDaniel College The European Division presents a talk, “‘Warn the Duke’: The Sarajevo Assassination in History, Memory, and Myth,” by Paul Miller, Associate Professor at McDaniel College.  Miller earned his Ph.D. […]

An Ingathering of the Exiles, Digital Style: Previous Blogs from the Hebraic Section

The Hebraic Section is delighted to take part in the recently-launched “4 Corners of the World,” a blog that focuses on the Library of Congress’ international collections. Thanks to this wonderful web-initiative we will now be able to bring treasures from the Hebraic Section to the attention of the wider public and, indeed, have already […]

A New Perspective on the Short Stories of Lu Xun to Be Discussed on June 15

Probably best known for his short stories and novellas such as “A Madman’s Diary” (狂人日记) in 1918 and “The True Story of Ah Q” (阿Q正传) in 1921, Lu Xun (鲁迅, 1881-1936) is considered one of the most significant authors of modern Chinese literature. His leftist and liberal works first gained influence following the 1919 May […]

4 Corners: International Collections Program Calendar 6/9/2016

Friday, June 10, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Conference: Assyrian Legacy – From Ancient Civilization to Today’s Cultural Revival The African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress invites you to a conference, “Assyrian Legacy: From Ancient Civilization to Today’s Cultural Revival,” on Friday, June 10, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., […]

Amid the Alien Corn: Scrolls of Ruth at the Library of Congress

(The Following is a post by Ann Brener, Hebraic area specialist, African and Middle Eastern Division.) The Scroll of Ruth is one of the five biblical scrolls, and with its pastoral beauty and idyllic-like quality is surely one of the most popular books in the Hebrew Bible. The story, which unfolds in the fields of […]