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Library of Chocoan authors, a heritage urgency

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Julio César Uribe Hermocillo

By Julio César Uribe Hermocillo.Taken from El Guarengue.

The 36th version of the Bogotá International Book Fair, FILBO, is taking place these days and until May 2; with Brazil as the guest country and with the presence of one of the most recognized writers in the Spanish language worldwide today: Irene Vallejo, author of Infinity in a reed, a prodigious essay on the way to being translated into other languages ​​and republished as many times as One Hundred Years of Solitude. “In this exquisite work on the origins of the book, Irene Vallejo traces the history of the amazing artifact that was born five millennia ago, when the Egyptians discovered the potential of a reed they called “papyrus.” With great sensitivity and narrative ease, the author goes back to Alexander’s battlefields, Cleopatra’s palaces, the first bookstores and manuscript copying workshops, but she also visits the bonfires where forbidden codices burned, the Sarajevo library and the Oxford’s underground labyrinth in the year 2000. Times merge in the collective adventure of those who have only conceived of life in the company of the written word. And this essay ends up prolonging the infinite dialogue of which he speaks so masterfully to us.” [1].

And then I think, like every year at the time of FILBO and this time regarding El infiniti en un reed and Irene Vallejo’s visit to Quibdó; that a day must come when a good number of literary works by Chocoan authors will be rescued from oblivion and saved from their imminent disappearance, which, written by hand or on typewriters, in originals corrected with red pencils or blue pencils, are They poured directly into the galleys or the offset of the printing presses, so that their manuscripts disappeared and those texts remained for posterity solely and exclusively in those literally unique editions, since they are books that were never republished and of which there are no digital versions.

Those books printed for that one time were disappearing from the shelves of the institutional offices of Quibdó and the rest of Chocó, from the chaotic and neglected libraries of the schools, from the small private collections of teachers and professionals; until we reach the point where we find ourselves today, when so few copies of most of those books remain that one celebrates when one finds one and preserves it through the spurious resource of a photocopy.

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It is even possible that there are no copies of some published titles or, at least, we do not know where one could be found. The inclement weather, the climate, the environment, the lack of curatorship, have also put their share of devastation in this kind of cultural, literary, bibliographic and heritage disaster of Chocó, systematically ignored by local, regional and national institutions and authorities. national; and by cultural and international cooperation entities, which have excluded Chocoan literature from their interests and budgets, since they privilege other artistic manifestations in which they have practically pigeonholed regional culture.

We gain nothing by boasting, for example, of the distinguished Poet of the Chocoanidad, excellent teacher, savior of oral heritage and spontaneous historian of his time, the prolific writer Miguel A. Caicedo, if we cannot even access the more than 30 books that -with small and timely sponsorships from some public entities such as the Government, the Lottery and the Chocó Liquor Factory, and since 1972 the Technological University of Chocó- published during the second half of the 20th century, in rustic prints, with poor finish and lacking the necessary editorial care in terms of registration standards, legal deposits and custody of original manuscripts

We gain nothing by being proud of being countrymen of Rogerio Velásquez, of Carlos Arturo Caicedo Licona, of Carlos Arturo Truque, of Teresa Martínez de Varela or of Arnoldo Palacios, if access to their books is not expeditious for the Chocó community, especially for “the new generations”, which we usually bring up whenever it comes to the need to preserve the traditions of Chocoanidad.

Organizing, designing and projecting a collection or library of Chocó authors, which saves and recovers in some cases, which enhances and popularizes in others, the work of a group of significant authors from Chocó is a historical task in favor of heritage and cultural identity. of a society that, like the Chocoana, speaks about its literary talents or cultural references in the abstract, without direct contact with their voices, their words, their stories, their thoughts and their looks; because he does not have full access to his works.

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It is not that difficult to do and costs less than you think, if you work on it with professionalism and seriousness. Certainly, the living authors, such as César E. Rivas Lara, Isnel Mosquera, Néstor Emilio Mosquera Perea, Sergio Antonio Mosquera Mosquera, Manuel Lozano Peña, Gonzalo de la Torre, Amalialú Posso Figueroa and Emilia Caicedo Osorio, among others; and the heirs of those already deceased, such as Miguel A. Caicedo, Carlos Arturo Caicedo Licona, Rogerio Velásquez, Reinaldo Valencia Lozano, Ramón Mosquera Rivas, Hugo Salazar Valdés, Teresa Martínez de Varela, Arnoldo Palacios, Carlos Arturo Truque and Ramón Lozano Garcés, They will be happy to provide their contribution to this initiative that, keeping its proportions, would be like having a reed to safeguard a good part of Chocó’s literary infinity.

[1] National Bookstore. Infinity in a reed. Recommended from the bookseller.

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