In the past few years, the University Library has been very fortunate in receiving the private libraries of two late British Ukrainians – Peter Yakimiuk and Teodor Kolassa. Together, these donations have added hundreds of chiefly diaspora publications to the Library’s 20th-century Ukrainian collection. This blog post celebrates a few of the many eye-catching book covers to be found amongst them. All but the last of the six items detailed here were produced in Europe within a few years of the end of World War 2. Please click on each image to see a larger version.
While publications from and about Scandinavia are not a major area for the UL they nevertheless form a significant part of our collections. Over the years the library has been able to acquire books in Scandinavian languages on the arts, humanities and social sciences relating to the Scandinavian countries and it continues to do so. To illustrate the range of topics covered we are featuring in this post some of our most recent Scandinavian acquisitions. Continue reading
The Prix Goncourt was awarded to L’ordre du jour by Éric Vuillard (C205.d.4186).
The Prix Interallié went to Jean-René Van der Plaetsen for Nostalgie de l’honneur (C205.d.4224).
Daniel Rondeau won the Grand prix du roman de l’Académie française for Mécaniques du chaos (C205.d.4223).
We have customarily drawn attention to the major literary prizewinners in Italy, highlighting the winners of five important prizes. We last focused on the 2016 winners. Since our last blog post, those five major prizes have been awarded as follows:
The Strega prize: awarded in 2017 to Paolo Cognetti for his novel Le otto montagne (C213.c.429)
The Bagutta prize: awarded in 2017 to Vivian Lamarque for her novel Madre d’inverno (C205.d.4406) and in early 2018 to Helena Kaneczek for her novel La ragazza con la Leica (C213.c.6240) Continue reading
Originally posted on the Special Collections blog:
On Thursday 22nd February Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey will give a talk to the Cambridge Bibliographical Society on ‘The power of the image in liberated France, 1944-46’.
His talk is inspired by imagery from the collection he has put together (recently presented to the University Library) on the German occupation of France during the war and its liberation by the allied forces. Beautiful books began to be published immediately after the liberation of Paris in August 1944 even though the war was still being fought in France. Once Paris was free and the Vichy government had collapsed, censorship came to an end, and it is the immediacy of this response and the quality of the books themselves that makes this period so interesting for the history of the book.
Talk starts at 17.00. Tea from 16.30 before the talk.
Free event, no booking required. Members and non-members of Cambridge Bibliographical Society welcome.
All welcome; booking not required