Banesco and Reescribir, a publishing services company, recover memories and document the urban transformation that Caracas has undergone in recent years. The book Caracas 455: memories of a lost city is available for free download at the Banesco Digital Library
Banesco Banco Universal published its second book dedicated to Caracas and its people, titled Caracas 455: memories of a lost city.
This book revives the link between the people of Caracas and the city, recovers memories and documents the urban transformation that Caracas has undergone in recent years.
Caracas 455: Memories of a Lost City was produced under the editorial coordination of Mirelis Morales Tovar, in charge of the company Reescribir editorial services, and Mariana Cadenas was the art director. 28 people including writers and journalists, and 15 Venezuelan illustrators also collaborated. Banesco sponsored the production of this title.
This book was presented on Thursday, May 25 at the Fernando Crespo Suñer Auditorium in Ciudad Banesco. Collaborators, journalists, cultural managers and editors were present.
The executive president of Banesco, Marco Tulio Ortega, celebrated the publication and recalled that the 40 chronicles that make up the book allude to places and situations that no longer exist, but left a legacy in the Venezuelan collective memory.
«Caracas 455, as he describes himself, is a compendium of the «memories of a lost city». Because there are 40 chronicles of places and situations that no longer exist, but that have remained inscribed in the collective memory of the city, in the stories of those who spent moments of their lives in those places, or of those who fell in love, met or lost a loved one. dear, or they exchanged a look with a character that they would not see again, “he stressed.
Caracas 455: Memories of a Lost City is the second title that Banesco dedicates to Caracas. Caracas 450 was published in 2017. Both belong to the Heritage Collection of the Banesco Digital Library and are available for free download at the Bank website.
Caracas 455 manages to spin the story of places around which there is an important emotional attachment of the people of Caracas. “It’s not the places for the places, it’s the places for what they mean or have meant to many people,” said Erick Lezama, journalist, editor and contributor to the book.
Mirelis Morales Tovar, coordinator of the book, said that in June 2021 she met with Mariana Cadenas, art director, to shape the project.
«It intended to rebuild the vestiges of the emblematic places that the city has lost in recent years. It would be our gift to Caracas on its 455th anniversary,” he said.
The book Caracas 455: memories of a lost city has an Instagram account @caracas_perdida.
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