This morning was presented at the Colegio de Jalisco, the Spanish translation of The Tiger Skin Knight by Shota Rustaveli (1160-1220), a critical edition that includes a preliminary study by María Elvira Roca Barea, published by the Embassy of Georgia in Mexico, the Colegio de Jalisco and the University of Malaga. The act meant the change of post office of the designation of World Book Capital granted by UNESCO, from Georgia to Guadalajara.
During the act in which a copy of this medieval Georgian epic was given to those present, which was printed for the first time in 1712 in Tiflis and has been translated into several languages, Pablo Lemus, municipal president of Guadalajara, ratified his satisfaction at being mayor of a city that for a year “will be able to project its literary and cultural legacy to the world, with more than a thousand activities starting tomorrow.”
On the other hand, Enrique Ibarra Pedroza, secretary general of the government of Jalisco, who was on behalf of Governor Enrique Alfaro compared the importance of this work that tells stories of chivalry, courtly love, friendship, generosity and couragewith The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
Roberto Arias de la Mora, president of the Colegio de Jalisco highlighted: “What we have just experienced is the presentation of a magnificent work of universal literature, represents the Georgian culture and from which we build this bridge of book capital cities between Tbilisi and Guadalajara. As an institution we are very proud to have made this edition in Spanish since it allowed us to recover the founding tradition of the Colegio de Jalisco of carrying out literary studies”.
During the event, Zasa Gabunia, Georgian ambassador to Mexico, commented: “Mexico is a great country. For us, this recently published book represents a solid bridge between our countries, with which an approach begins to continue deepening our cultural relations. We can create more things together, I think today is a very important day for Georgia and for Mexico”.
At the end of the presentation, Martín Solares, general coordinator of the Guadalajara World Book Capital program, commented: “All that remains is to invite the entire public to enjoy the cultural program that we have prepared and that includes the Viva la Literatura Colloquium that we will start on Sunday. , and in which we have brought together outstanding writers from different latitudes”. More information on the site https://gdlee.mx/