Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 February 2010

Cairo Book Fair: Italy donates its collection to Egypt





Cairo Book Fair: Italy donates its collection to Egypt



CAIRO, Egypt, February 4, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ambassador of Italy in Egypt Claudio Pacifico has donated the entire Italian collection on display—over 2,000 volumes—at the Cairo International Book Fair to the Egyptian authorities.

This donation, which falls within the context of extraordinary Italo-Egyptian bilateral relations in cultural and university spheres, is an addition sign of the Italian government’s attention to the Egyptian population, and particularly to the thousands of Italian university students at Egyptian universities. Egyptian students will be able to reap the benefits of this highly important patrimony of books published by ministries, institutions, academies and Italian specialized institutes, which will allow them to further augment their knowledge of Italian language and culture.

From Literature to Oriental and Egyptian Art, theatre to religion, over 70 participants and publishing houses have made the Italian pavilion one of the main exposition spaces at the Cairo Book Fair, and is proof of the interest with which Italy looks to Egypt.

Among the events that have contributed to the Italian presence in Egypt, special relevance is given to the presentation of reprinted editions of the most important book on the history of Italians in Egypt: “Gli Italiani nella Civilta’ Egiziana del XIX secolo”, sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute. The book, written by L.A. Balboni and published in Alexandria in 1906, illustrates the historic grounds for the very special bond that unites Italy and Egypt. Balboni’s original work is almost impossible to find these days, even at major libraries, universities and cultural institutes, either in Italy or in Egypt. Another work that is to be given prominence will be Michele Amari’s monumental work on Arabs in Sicily, translated and published in Arabic by the Cultural Institute.



Italy – Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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