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FIL Snapshots

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(Top left) “The blind leading the blind” need not have a negative connotation if the sight-impaired people in question are as well-informed, discerning – and above all, well-read – as this group filing past the cylindrical Madrid Pavilion.  (Bottom left) The interior of the Madrid Pavilion has been designed to resemble a Roman amphitheater. Talks on various themes are held a regular intervals in the space.

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Mexican culinary patrimony is also on-hawk, with all things chile-related, from books to plastic decorations, for sale.

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The raison d’etre of the annual fair, of course, is hawking books, one of which was a handy compendium of phrases using variants of the slang term “chingar,” and another a handy guide to racist phrases born on the Mexican wind.

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Acclaimed Mexican writer and editor Alberto Ruy Sanchez received the FIL’s “Homenaje al Bibliofilo” award in the fair’s Juan Rulfo Auditorium.  Ruy, who was a friend of Octavio Paz, among other Mexican literary titans, currently possesses over 50,000 books, thoroughly qualifying him as a bibliofilo.

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