Praia, Jan 6 (Inforpress) – Forty readers, including children and adults, attended Saturday, in the City of Praia,the first three-hour Luso-American Mini Marathon for reading the Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
The initiative, promoted by the Ministry of Culture and Creative Industries, through the Institute of Cultural Heritage (IPC), took place at the National Library, simultaneously, via video conference with the New Bedford Whale Museum (USA), the Angra de Heroismo Museum (Azores) and the Nova University of Lisbon.
Speaking to Inforpress, the IPC technician Dúnia Pereira explained that this was intended to promote reading and the Portuguese language, since the text, originally written in English, was translated into Portuguese.
Regarding the choice of text by Moby Dick, she said it was a proposal by the New Bedford Whale Museum to promote whaling, of which Cabo Verde is “closely” linked.
“There are Cabo Verdean sailors who went fishing for the whale and also came here to get the salt. Emigration to the United States starts from whaling, ”explained Dúnia Pereira.
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