Fernando Báez

VENEZUELA, 1963

Báez is considered a world authority on the history of libraries. In 2003 he visited Iraq as a member of the various committees investigating the destruction of the country’s libraries and museums. He is a member of the International Centre of Arab Studies and advises various governments on the destruction of cultural heritage. He is the author of numerous articles and contributes to publications in 32 countries. He is a holder of the Vintila Horia International Essay Prize for his title Historia universal de la destrucción de libros, published in twelve publishing houses around the world.

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By Fernando Báez

  • The First Books of Humanity

    NON FICTION 2013

    The First Books of Humanity sets out to explore and recount the history of the book, chronicling its beginnings in the East and long journey to the West. It is a five thousand year old tale that...

  • A Universal History of the Destruction of Books

    NON FICTION, 2013

    There are many histories on and of the book, but there are none devoted to exploring not the creation of book, but its destruction. Nowhere in the world is there a current text on this topic,...

  • Lost Wonders of the World

    NON FICTION, 2012

    A Brief History of Civilization's Greatest Cultural Catastrophes Reminding us of the power of nature and the human being's ability to destroy what he himself has created, Fernando...

  • The Cultural Plundering of Latin America

    NON FICTION, 2007

    From the plundering of the cultural heritage of all Latin America beginning in the sixteenth century, including the conquest that swept millions of cultural goods from the shores of pre-Hispanic...

  • The Cambridge Translator

    NOVEL, 2005

    The protagonist of this chilling tale is an Arab professor and translator from Cambridge University who advertises for a woman who will let him murder her. After several candidates he finds the...

  • The Cultural Destruction of Iraq

    NON FICTION, 2004

    The cultural catastrophe of Iraq in 2003 was an event that shocked the world. Once Baghdad was captured by troops from the United States, a wave of pillaging broke out that resulted in the...

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