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The FIL of Guadalajara begins with a call to the Ibero-American Union

The 31 edition of the International Book Fair (FIL), which has Madrid as guest of honor, began today in the Mexican city of Guadalajara with a ceremony in which a call was made to the union of Ibero-America through culture and dialogue.

Guadalajara (Mexico), Nov 25 (EFE) .- The 31st edition of the International Book Fair (FIL), which has Madrid as guest of honor, began today in the Mexican city of Guadalajara with a ceremony in which a call was made to the union of Ibero-America through culture and dialogue.

"The presence of Madrid offers a breath of hope to all of us who believe in the freedom of culture and the capacity of letters and words to bring people together, "the president of FIL, Raul Padilla, emphasized at the opening of the event.

presidium in which there were figures such as the mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, and the writer Sergio Ramírez, recent winner of the 2017 Cervantes Prize, Padilla asked to respond "with poetry and understanding "the" violent "silence that emerges from the walls.

He advocated launching a message from the editorial meeting, considered the most important in the world in Spanish. favor of "fruitful cooperation in our cities" and communication, in front of those who "intend to return to feudalism and autarky".

"When in some parts of the world xenophobic and excluding versions are promoted, and (it is tried) to suppress the ethical and linguistic pluralism, it is fundamental to build bridges that bring cultures closer and propitiate their dialogue ", said the president.

In this sense, the capital of Spain, the second city that acts as a guest of honor in FIL after Los Angeles (United States), brings a program that "bet on diversity and dialogue" between that European country and Latin America, he said.

Madrid, he said, is "the capital of Ibero-American culture" and "has been at the forefront of the book world in Spain. "Currently, it is the Spanish region that produces the most titles, as well as the" most reading "city in the country, since 80% of people in Madrid read at least one book throughout the last year.

On the other hand, he pointed out that from the FIL one can not leave aside "the discussion about the cultural policy" of Mexico, specifically in the budget.

So far this six-year period (2012-2018), "we have to regret that the cost of culture has suffered a decrease of 32.1%," lamented the president, who added that even thus there have been "achievements in cultural matters".

"Culture can be the best tool for social cohesion, the exercise of the freedom of citizenship, it can become a important lever of economic development ", emphasized Padilla, and evoked Carlos Fuentes with his phrase" Let's leave the third world with our culture of the first world. "

Padilla recalled that the FIL will gather this year more than 700 writers from 41 countries representing 20 languages. 800,000 attendees.

In the programming, there are names like the American Paul Auster, who will open the Literary Room; for his career and chat with his young readers, or the Madrid Almudena Grandes, who will present the novel "Patients of Dr. García."

During the opening of the event Emmanuel Carrère, who was described by the Fair's president as one of the most influential authors within the framework of the current literature.

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