The book: A great art that is not about to become extinct | Vaudreuil Soulanges

On this World Book and Copyright Day, there is something to highlight this great art that encompasses the medium of paper, printing, writing, but also sociological, economic, technical, political, anthropological and cultural phenomena.

Without delving into the abyss, the history of the book is defined as an interdisciplinary history.

The written word and the book have always been of fundamental importance to Western culture. It is an indispensable support for intellectual and spiritual growth, anchoring humanity in a concrete relationship between its thoughts, its feelings and its reason. It also plays a decisive role in the process of collective identification.

Today, the technological age at its most sophisticated, the fashion for electronic readers questions the need for the physical book. That said, after trying it myself, and discussing it with my colleagues and friends, many of us return to their precious books, this object that I consider to be complete. Like the wheel that has been reinvented over the centuries, the concept has always been the same.

New media certainly have their place in this society, but to what extent can they replace a good product, which does not require energy, which can be used everywhere, which has the power to trigger debates, raise awareness, transmit knowledge? An object that can be savored, shared, passed on from generation to generation.

to make a story

Although the term literature appeared at the beginning of the 12th century, for hundreds or even thousands of years, poets, playwrights, priests and philosophers have worked to create various literary genres, have refined them, defended their point, sacrificed for their ideas.

Even among peoples whose calligraphy was not part of their culture, the art of storytelling and the oral transmission of history have always been the solid link that has allowed the great epics to endure. The tales were passed down orally for centuries before they were written down. Fablial authors, such as Rabelais and Perrault, are a good example. They took directly from the oral tradition to make masterpieces.

According to UNESCO

World Book and Copyright Day is a celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. Every April 23, celebrations are held around the world to demonstrate the magical power of books: a link that connects the past and the future, a bridge between generations and different cultures.

On this occasion, UNESCO and international organizations representing the three main sectors of the book industry – publishers, booksellers and libraries.

Since 1995, this day has paid worldwide tribute to books and authors and promotes access to books for as many people as possible. Beyond physical borders, the book represents the most beautiful invention of sharing ideas and embodies a powerful tool to fight against inequalities, poverty, illiteracy and many other problems.

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