Cabecera. Bibliotecario. Por Edgardo Civallero
Critical notes

Books and magics

Critical notes (20)


"Liber est lumen cordis, speculum corporis" (The book is light of the heart / mirror of the body), says the famous fragment "Quid est liber?" included in the Codex Miscellaneus (fol 26v), a text of the eleventh century kept in Toledo (Spain).

A beautiful definition. Although, sometimes, I like to explore others beyond the classics. Or even invent them.

The problem is that, in the latter case, I get more questions than answers.

If, as the Colombian poet Jairo Aníbal Niño says, "a cat is a drop of tiger" (and a tiger is a downpour of cats?), a book is a drop of what? Of knowledge and creativity? Of memories and dreams? Of experiences, good and bad? Of all of the above (and much more)? Of anything of that?

And a library is a downpour of books (and other things)? Or could it also be a drop of something (a tangible drop of our intangible collective memory, for example)?

Be that as it may, the possibility that the book (and other documents) and the houses, containers and spaces that shelter them (whatever they are called) allow this type of games speaks clearly of their value. It is a pity that the world seems to advance, in fits and starts, towards a reality that turns its back on knowledge and memories.

And that we seem to be becoming, as the Spanish philosopher Julián Marías bluntly put it, primitive beings with too much information.


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Text: Edgardo Civallero.

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