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The Librarian - La Bibliotecaria
Friday, December 30, 2016





I have friend who works in the Argentine National Library Mariano Moreno. It is no longer the old building on Calle Mexico that Jorge Luís Borges headed in the late 50.s. The new library is a modern building on Calle Agüero. It has a cavernous basement where my friend presides checking the collections donated to the library. Every once in a while he finds letters and other memorabilia between the pages of old books. In one a beat up copy of Julio Cortázar’s Rayuela (Hopscotch) he found this strange albumen print. In the back in faded pencil and almost impossible to read it reads la bibiliotecaria or the librarian.  The book is dedicated by the author to Roberto Baschetti and dated December 30th, 1963.

Un amigo argentino trabaja en la Biblioteca Nacional Mariano Moreno. No es la vieja institución en la Calle México donde presidió Jorge Luís Borges. La nueva y muy moderna biblioteca está en la Calle Agüero muy cerca de La Recoleta. Tiene un enorme sótano en donde mi amigo inspecciona colecciones donadas a la biblioteca. De vez en cuando al revisar los libros encuentra cartas y demás entre las páginas. Esta fotografía, técnica albumen del siglo 19, la encontró en una vieja copia, de Rayuela de Julió Cortázar. La fotografía en el adverso, en lápiz, simplemente dice la bibliotecaria. El libro está dedicado a un tal Roberto Baschetti por el autor con fecha 30 de diciembre de 1963.



     

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