Found Book: “Perspectivas de la revolución de los computadores”

Me he encontrado esta joya tirada en la calle Jesús y María, a la altura de la librería “Malatesta“.

Perspectivas de la revolución de los computadores

AIKEN, NEUMANN, SHANNON, TURING, WALTER Y OTROS.

1975. Castellano. Rustica. 20×13 cms. 695 pags. Buen estado. ENSAYO.

Publicado por Alianza Universidad (1975)ISBN 10: 8420621196ISBN 13: 9788420621197

Fuente:

https://www.iberlibro.com/9788420621197/Perspectivas-revoluci%C3%B3n-computadores-8420621196/plp

“¿Dónde está mi tribu?” de Carolina Olmo

Me he encontrado este libro de casualidad en la Libraría de la piscina de Fontanars y, además de sentirme muy identificado con la autora (su hijo nació también en Lavapiés y solo 2 años antes que Julia), me parece que hace un análisis tremendamente realista, lúcido y sereno de lo que implica ser padre en estos tiempos que nos ha tocado vivir.

Investigando un poco he encontrado este blog donde hay un artículo muy detallado sobre el libro y en los comentarios está este video:

Y YouTube me ha llevado esta entrevista:

Berlin: The Downfall 1945

In February 1943, a Red Army officer taunted a group of German prisoners in the ruins of Stalingrad. “That’s how Berlin is going to look!”
Antony BeevorStalingrad (1998)

I just finished listening to Antony Beevors’ Book Berlin: The Downfall 1945. I had finished listening “Stalingrand” (also by Beevor) around a month ago and had started with this book right after.

Beevor provides minute day-to-day details an anecdotes from everyday live which can convey a lot more meaning that any data, troop movements, or grandiose speeches.

The book devotes spends a bit of time describing “indecent events” the Red Army. This is even more appalling in those cases where rape victims were jews, German communists or even liberated Russian forced labourers.

Photo credits: Monovision.

I headed to wikipedia after finishing the book and found out, somehow unsurprised, that the book had been contested by many, especially in Russia.

The book encountered criticism, especially in Russia,[4] centering on the book’s discussion of atrocities committed by the Red Army against German civilians. In particular, the book describes widespread rape of German women and female Soviet forced labourers, both before and after the war. The Russian ambassador to the UK denounced the book as “lies” and “slander against the people who saved the world from Nazism”.[5]

Oleg Rzheshevsky, a professor and the president of the Russian Association of World War II Historians, has stated that Beevor is merely resurrecting the discredited and racist views of Neo-Nazi historians, who depicted Soviet troops as subhuman “Asiatic hordes”.[6] He argues that Beevor’s use of phrases such as “Berliners remember” and “the experiences of the raped German women” were better suited “for pulp fiction, than scientific research”. Rzheshevsky also stated that the Germans could have expected an “avalanche of revenge” after what they did in the Soviet Union, but “that did not happen”.[7]

Beevor responded by stating that he used excerpts from the report of General Tsigankov, the chief of the political department of the 1st Ukrainian Front, as a source. He wrote: “the bulk of the evidence on the subject came from Soviet sources, especially the NKVD reports in GARF (State Archive of the Russian Federation), and a wide range of reliable personal accounts”.[8] Beevor also stated that he hopes Russian historians will “take a more objective approach to material in their own archives which are at odds to the heroic myth of the Red Army as ‘liberators’ in 1945”.[9]

UK historian Richard Overy, from the University of Exeter, has criticized Russian reaction to the book and defended Beevor. Overy accused the Russians of refusing to acknowledge Soviet war crimes, “Partly this is because they felt that much of it was justified vengeance against an enemy who committed much worse, and partly it was because they were writing the victors’ history”.[7]

Wikipedia: Berlin, the Downfall 1945, 4.Reception
Photo credits: Monovision.

I am planning on reading his book on the Spanish Civil war this summer, but I need some buffer and a change of subject first. I think I will reading The Parrot’s Theorem to clear up the air a little.


Update: While looking for images for this post I came across a “Battle for Berlin battle-set” with metal models:

I understand that in time all wars become just a date on History Book, but the 5 Hitler youth models were particularly unsettling, but life goes on, I guess.


“De Lavapiés a la Cabeza” Marivi Ibarrola

Lavapiés no es un barrio cualquiera.
La gente que vive aquí tampoco.

El sábado pasado estaba leyedo este artículo de Pablo León sobre quién se beneficia de la gentrificación de Lavapíes y descubrí el libro que Marivi Ibarrola había editado con fotos suyas de Lavapiés. Ni que decir me faltó tiempo para ir a su web y comprarlo. Se trata de una recopilación de fotos de finales de los años 70 y principios de los 80.

Es sorprendente ver cómo ha cambiado el barrio (el CDN, por ejemplo) pero al mismo tiempo cómo ciertas cosas siguen en su sitio (o seguían hasta prácticamente ayer, el Diamante por ejemplo).

En un primero momento me extrañé de que se tratara de un simple formulario de contacto, sin pasarela de pago ni nada pero al día siguiente (ayer domingo) recibí un email muy atento de Marivi ofreciéndome a quedar en persona para darme el Libro y ahorranos los gastos de envío, ya que los dos somos vecinos.

Como ando siempre un poco de culo y cuesta abajo no llegué a contestar a su email, pero cuál no es mi sorpresa cuando hace unos minutos (sobre las 20h) alguien toca el portero automático de mi casa:

  • Sí quién es?
  • Mira, es que vengo a traer un libro…
  • Marivi?
  • Sí, soy yo.
  • Soy Álvaro, ¡muchas gracias, ahora mismo bajo!

Total, que la propia autora se ha tomado la molestia de acercarme el libro a casa y dármelo en persona 😍📷.