Argentina aims to rediscover a love of books

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Lovers of literature have been meeting in the cafe at the Hotel Castelar in the centre of the Argentine capital for decades.

It was, from the 1930s to the 1960s, at the heart of the city's literary life. Great writers of the Spanish-speaking world, among them Federico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda and Julio Cortazar, visited here.

The cafe has now been chosen with 14 others, all connected with what is considered the richest period in Argentine literature, for a new city government scheme to promote reading.

The plan is to put books on display in cafes and encourage patrons to pick them up and read them while they are there.

The first collection chosen for the scheme is the works of perhaps Argentina's most brilliant and complex writer, Jorge Luis Borges.

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