Is it possible to speak of an ideal library? "The lists of an ' ideal library ' always err on some arbitrariness and tend to have a epochal value, refigured over the years thanks to the number of editions and readers that a book can have, for the enthronement of certain authors in charge Of the academy or of fanatical groups, or by the late recognition of certain values that have passed centuries in the attic of Oblivion (...). There is nothing more to see the list of authors awarded the Nobel Prize for literature to realize that many of them went up to the Parnassus of literary canon — as happened with the Parnassus Cervantino — to fall from it after a few decades, if not years : See the case of our Echegaray and Benavente, or the cases of R. C. Eucken (Germany), W. Reymond (Poland), or E. A. Karlfeldt (Sweden), writes Jordi Llovet in the article that stars the cover of the next issue of Babelia.
Despite everything, there are titles of unquestionable value in the history of literature. That is why Babelia has asked eight experts to choose a classic that is not usually included in western canons. Francisco Rico recommends, for example, El victorial, by Gutierre Díaz de games; Nora Cateli, Lenz, by Georg Büchner ...
This review is complemented by a report by Maribel Marín on the situation of the edition of the classics in Spain. "School and college, not education, remain one of the keys that makes these works illustrious long sellers." For better and for worse. They are an anchor in times of crisis — despite piracy — that yes, it can become a double-edged sword. In Spain of the autonomy, in Spain of the legislative swings in education that have prioritized the practical knowledges about the humanist formation and have marginalized Latin and the Greek in the classrooms, the prescription, indeed, has changed a lot, ' he writes.
In the following pages the reader of Babelia will find the usual book reviews, among which this week highlights the new work of Fernando Devater. Guillermo Altares interview with Philippe Sands, human rights specialist, who has just published a novel Onde traces the mysteries of his family and portrays the jurists who coined the terms of "genocide" and "crimes against humanity."
The art section opens with an article by Francisco Calvo Serraller on Mariano Fortuny, regarding the retrospective that dedicates the Prado Museum. The theatrical critic Marcos Ordóñez writes about the staging of Pablo Messiez's blood wedding. The Free Tribune is occupied this week by the aphorisms of Jorge Wagensberg, along with the usual signatures of Antonio Muñoz Molina and Manuel Rodríguez Rivero.