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The FIL of Guadalajara begins with an appeal to the Ibero-American Union

The thirty-first 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 He called for the union of Ibero-America through culture and dialogue.

Guadalajara (Mexico), Nov 25 (EFE) .- The thirty-first 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 an appeal was made to the union of Latin 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 ability of letters and words to bring people together, "the president of FIL, Raúl, stressed at the inauguration Padilla.

Before personalities 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 in favor of the editorial meeting, considered the most important in the world in Spanish, "fruitful cooperation in our cities" and communication, in front of those who "intend to return to feudalism and autarchy".

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

Thus, Madrid - the second city that serves as guest of honor in the FIL after Los Angeles (United States) - brings a program that "bets for diversity and dialogue "between Spain and Latin America, he said.

Madrid, he said, is" the capital of Ibero-American culture "and" has been at the forefront of the world of books 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 along 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, especially in the budgetary.

So far in six years (2012-2018), "we have to regret that the cost of culture has suffered a decrease of 32.1%," said the president, who said that even so 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 lever important for economic development, "said Padilla, who evoked Carlos Fuentes with his phrase" Let's leave the third world with our first world culture. "

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

Throughout nine days, until December 3, the attendance of more than 800,000 is expected people.

In the programming they include names like the American Paul Auster, who will open the Literary Hall; trajectory and chat with his young readers, or the Madrid-based Almudena Grandes, who will present the novel "Dr. García's patients."

During the opening of the event, He presented the FIL Prize for Literature in Romance Languages ​​to the French Emmanuel Carrère, who was described by the president of the Fair as one of the most influential authors of literature current.

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