Monday, 1 March 2010

The most expensive manuscript sale in history: Casanova's memoirs

The most expensive manuscript sale in history: Casanova’s diaries
At the end of last week, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), the French national library, announced that it had acquired the original manuscripts of Giacomo Casanova's memoirs. The 3,700 pages of memoirs were purchased by an anonymous donor on behalf of the library. The price has not been made public but is believed to exceed £4.4 million. The manuscripts were transferred to the BNF today.
Lizzy Davies reports in The Guardian.

Alberto Korda’s photographs of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro for sale
The Telegraph reports on the upcoming sale this Thursday, March 4th, of a selection of Alberto Korda’s photographs of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara by Dominic Winter Book Auctions. Korda was Castro’s personal photographer. The collection of black and white photographs dates from 1959 to 1960 and includes images of Fidel and Che Guevara playing golf in military uniform and of Castro shaking Ernest Hemingway’s hand.

Ground-breaking account of WW2 rape
At the age of 80, Gabriele Köpp has become the first German woman to write an account under her own name of the sexual violence that she experienced during the final weeks of the Second World War.
Warum war ich bloß ein Mädchen ('Why Did I Have to Be a Girl?’) is published by Herbig.
Susanne Beyer reports in Der Spiegel.
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