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Library of Congress Launches Online Hispanic Literature Recordings

The Library of Congress launched online readings from famous Hispanic authors in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Image: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.AP, file
/ Source: NBC News

If you love the idea of listening to Nobel-prize winner Gabriel García Márquez read from one of his novels or literary master Jorge Luis Borges narrate a short story, you’re in for a treat.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, The Library of Congress launched an online selection of recordings from its “Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape,” a series of over 700 audio recordings from renowned poets and prose writers in their native languages. 32 different countries are represented in the 50 new digitized recordings that were previously only available on site at the library.

“I am so excited that the entire world will be able to hear some of these wonderful writers, such as Gabriel García Márquez and Octavio Paz, that we recorded for the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape,” said in a statement Georgette Dorn, chief of the Library’s Hispanic Division and curator of the archive. “Hearing the voice of a writer –brings him or her alive.”

Spanish author Juan Ramón Jiménez, Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral and Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa are some of the other writers featured in the collection. The Library plans on continuing to expand the collection in hopes of broadening its use and value.

Check out some of the recordings on the library’s site.