Publicado el: 22/11/2011

Manuel Gleizer

The adventure of the Printed Word. The publisher of famous Argentinean authors, when they were not famous.

He started out selling books in a corridor, but during the twenties he rented spacious facilities where his bookstore became some sort of literary room in which young authors got together in improvised gatherings. These young authors, who had not yet been published, were Jorge Luis Borges, Leopoldo Lugones, Alberto Gerchunoff, Eduardo Mallea, Raúl González Tuñón, Macedonio Fernández, Samuel Eichelbaum, Alvaro Yunque. And even though the only pay they could offer was a vague promise of future immortality, “Don” Manuel published their first books, today relics for book lovers. And once his first published authors became well known and their books could be sold, “Don” Manuel extended his hand once more to novel young writers, and helped make them immortal under the wing of his sensitive ex-libris.

Those who were lucky enough to meet him can’t but picture him browsing through books, with an ill-concealed enthusiasm. He was a lively man, his smile intelligent, his eyes damp and young, his face big and long, with the trace of time etched on it, his hair of a white, silvery color, his voice firm, honest, with a sudden Yiddish spice brought from the colonies.

He had been born in 1889 and arrived in
Argentina at the age of 6. He spent his childhood in a Jewish agricultural colony in the province of Entre Ríos, and died in Buenos Aires in March 1966, at the age of 77.

Source: "Jewish Life in Argentina: Contributions for the Bicentennial," coordinated by Magdalena Faillence.Curatorial Project, content and production: Elio Kapszuk - Ana E. Wainstein

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