Austrian Library Named After Argentine Poet

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Argentine poet Juan Gelman, born and raised in the Villa Crespo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, was honored yesterday by the Cervantes Institute in Austria.  Gelman was an activist and writer before being exiled from Argentina after the coup in 1976.  He fled to Europe, where he translated and penned many pieces against the government in relative safety.  Last year, he was awarded the Cervantes prize and this year the enormous reference library was named for him.  It contains over 30,000 volumes of spanish literature.  The 80 year old writer described the distinction as “the ultimate honor I have known.”

Via: La Nacion

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