Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Recent opinions on the value of books, reading and libraries

Almudena Grandes, wrote last week in the Madrid newspaper El Pais that "true freedom is not to be able to say what you think, but is the power to think about what is being said."
And she continued: "Because an uneducated country is not a country of citizens, but of audiences, a country of audiences who will swallow everything."

And Rawi Hage, the Beirut-born writer, speaking after being awarded the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2008 said:
"To all those librarians who currently and historically have gathered and diffused knowledge, beauty, and resistance, even as the waves of ignorance periodically cover words and stifle thought, I say: I am an admirer and an ally."

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