Library acquires- Invenção : revista de arte de vanguarda.

Invenção : revista de arte de vanguarda is one of the important and well-known periodicals of Brazilian Concrete Poetry Movement. Décio Pignatari along with his colleagues Haroldo de Campos and Augusto de Campos founded the Brazilian concrete poetry movement. I was lucky to have support of two other exemplary colleagues- Ms. Stacey Reardon and Ms. Lynn Cunningham who helped me through their fund contributions that has made this purchase possible. These issues are cataloged and now deposited in the Bancroft Library. The select images of these periodicals select images of these periodicals can be found by clicking on the icon below.


Select new books from Peru!

As we are now officially in the Summer break, I will be posting somewhat irregularly. However please do remember that I do keep purchasing and getting new books from various Latin American countries. I am presenting you with an interesting group of Peruvian new books. Among them, there are several interesting titles. One of them isLo real es horrenda fábula. La violencia política en literatura peruana. The book is comprised of twenty-four articles by eight new scholars analyze poems and stories by important Peruvian writers of the second half of the twentieth century related to one of the most transcendental moments of national history and that to this day challenges us. The other title is “César Vallejo. La vida bárbara” by Jorge Nájar.

Please click on the icon below to browse the covers of these select books from Peru!



Library acquires select issues of a rare Soviet era women’s (female) journal- Zhenskiĭ zhurnal(1926-1930)!

The Soviet Union was often portrayed for all sorts of reasons to be an evil empire by many politicians. While one one hand such comparisons escape the more complex nuanced picture that the Soviet Union and the “Soviet society” represented. The Soviet Union was portrayed as a laconic society that was deprived of civilities that the West cherished and possessed. The Soviet Union was considered on a certain level to be fashionless where most of the women did not have access to basic contraptions of cosmetics and female hygiene products. And that the commercials or the advertisements were prohibited. The fashion in the Soviet Union often emulated the West but with some delay. The picture that the Soviet Society cannot be described using single stereotypes that often are used for political reasons, instead the picture was more complex.

One cannot ignore the Soviet Union’s domestic policies such as rights to women’s reproductive health, right to vote, right to literacy and work along with their male counterparts were forward-looking within a restrictive ideological framework of the country. The ethnic female population of the Soviet Union that consisted of several different nationalities had equal rights like their European counterparts from the Baltics, Belarus, European Russia, and Ukraine.   Despite the ideological entrapment, there were levels of flexibilities that its citizens had with many limitations. And by no means, the Soviet Union was a paradise for the workers and peasants.

The Soviet Women’s journals have been indexed by my colleague Ms. Diana Greene who is librarian-emerita at the NYU. I am grateful to my colleagues Slavic Cataloguer Ms. Jean Dickinson for her quick work with cataloging and Ms. Elena Zaslavsky for her quick processing of these wonderful artifacts of the past through our order division.

I am glad to report that we were able to acquire this rare journal for UC Berkeley’s Library. The journal is cataloged and the record can be found here. Since my arrival at UC Berkeley in 2012, I have focused on building the Soviet Women related collection at the library. Please see the images of these journals by clicking on the icon below or here. Please note that the Soviet Union’s printing technologies of the thirties had several limitations and the Soviets did not have the advantage of the Photoshop and the other technologies of the sort. Nevertheless, Zhenskiĭ zhurnal / Женский журнал represents one small step towards expressing the constrained ideals of Soviet Women under the watchful eye of the Stalinist repressive tactics. And one can only wonder about the staged photos and stylized graphics of this journal.





Puerto Rico: Select new books @ Doe Library

The resilience of the PR’s people, its determination to move forward and onwards despite devastating hurricanes continues to serve as a source of unending inspiration for me as a librarian. Today, I present you with an album of several new Puerto Rican books that we have received in our library. Among them, there are several books that are worth mentioning separately. I will only name a few new titles and provide you with the links to the album of many more images of books from Puerto Rico. One of these titles is Hurracanada by Mayra Santos Febres. The other two books are Beatriz Llenín Figueroa’sPuerto Islas : crónicas, crisis, amor, and El Grupo de Puerto Rico y Crisis Dominicana de 1965 by Walter R. Bonilla Carlo. Please click on the icons below to gain acces to the photos of the Puerto Rican books.

Hurracanada of Mayra Santos Febres

Venezuela: From Crisis to Crisis- Select books

At the time of writing this post, Venezuela was in a full-blown political and economic crisis. The unprecedented inflation, two presidential hopefuls, and industry in the shambles, confusion, hunger and violence seemed to be the norms of the daily life for millions of innocent, decent Venezuelans. Despite the crisis, what surprised me was the ability of the Venezuelan governmental and non-governmental entities to continue to publish relatively exciting works in extraordinary times. Below, I am presenting you with the latest batch of remarkable books from remarkable books from Venezuela I am also posting some images of interesting books separately.

One of the interesting books is Cuaderno de Otra Parte by Santiago Acosta. The author’s website describes it as follows, “«Un poemario que, si bien parte de lo que se ha dado en llamar la diáspora venezolana, lleva el tema en otra dirección, con una voz que se burla de sí misma en su empeño por cumplir con los ritos del que se fue. En tal sentido, obviando la lectura que hace de esta una escritura del exilio, este texto se centra más bien en la distancia como elemento organizador del

The other equally interesting book is, El Chavismo El Chavismo Salvaje.

Lastly, Tiempos de Incertidumbre by Nelson Guzmán reflects upon the uncertain times in contemporary Venezuela.


In light of the release of Argentina Human Rights Records by the US National Archives, I wanted to bring to the attention of our readers the Argentina Declassification Project’s Responsive Records component that is hosted by the These records can be downloaded as zip files for individual analysis and allow us to form a cohesive opinion about several social processes that took place in the history of Argentina including the processes that were influenced by the “Western” powers.

These records can be accessed below on clicking on the hyperlinks.

Responsive Records:

Below is the landing page of used for academic purposes only.

Records Relating to Human Rights Abuses in Argentina have been declassified[April 2019]!

The National Declassification Center has declassified the records relating to human rights abuses in Argentina. These OA records can be accessed  here.

According to the description on the website, “A Presidential Tasking from the Executive Secretary of the National Security Council (NSC) on June 13, 2016, directed various Executive branch departments and agencies, including the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), to search for records relating to human rights abuses committed in Argentina between January 1, 1975, and December 31, 1984, and to review responsive records for public access. In response, NARA assembled staff, including archivists from the National Declassification Center (NDC), the Presidential Libraries, and the Center for Legislative Archives to conduct this search and review. Responsive Presidential records were made available in previous releases and all identified Legislative records were already publicly available. This release represents responsive Executive Branch agency records that have been accessioned into the National Archives and have not been previously released. The NDC coordinated review of the records and prepared them for public release. Records that were released in full or in part may be accessed by using the search form below. Questions may be directed to