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A short history

Editorial Nascimento was founded originally as a bookshop in 1873 by Juan Nascimento.

It eventually became a publishing house in 1917, thanks to the work of Manuel Carlos

George-Nascimento, the founder’s nephew, who inherited the bookshop from his uncle.

In 1986, after 69 years as a prolific publishing house and 113 years as a book business,

the Editorial Nascimento finally closed down, ending an incomparable era of Chilean

and Spanish language literary history.

THE FIRST

TO PUBLISH WOMEN WRITERS IN SOUTH AMERICA

Felipe Reyes says:

“When literature was exclusively for men, Nascimento published women writers.”

Felipe Reyes is the latest biographer of Manuel Carlos George-Nascimento.

THE FIRST

TO PUBLISH NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE WINNERS PABLO NERUDA & GABRIELA MISTRAL

Nascimento

was the first to publish Pablo Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair and Gabriela Mistral’s Desolación. Mistral won the Nobel Prize in 1945 and Neruda in 1971.

PUBLISHER

OF THE BEST-SELLING POETRY BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPANISH LANGUAGE

NASCIMENTO

published Pablo Neruda’s Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada in 1924. The book has been published in dozens of languages worldwide.

The present: The reNascimento

As with all surnames, Nascimento has its own meaning which translated from Portuguese means ‘birth’. Its famous corporate logo designed by sculptor Galvarino Ponce was inspired upon Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, using the circle-in-the-square/golden ratio design, from the Italian renaissance, the Rinascimento, or more simply put: the rebirth.

The year 2014 saw a number of simultaneous events occur: the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile (Chile’s National Library) organized a large 6 month long exhibition on the life and works of Don Carlos (De mar a mar: una odisea editorial); the young writer and journalist Felipe Reyes published an excellent biography of Don Carlos, Nascimento – el editor de los Chilenos (Nascimento: the editor of the Chileans).

Simultaneously, in Portugal, film director and artist, Zeca Medeiros was producing his new film, O Livreiro de Santiago (The Booksmith of Santiago). In Lisbon the National Library of Portugal decided to replicate the Santiago exhibition for another six months. Something was brewing fortuitously. The fact that nobody was coordinating it all, was evidence enough that something greater needed to happen. A “rebirth” was on the cards, but it needed to have the pioneering spirit associated with the name. With the generous guidance of great professionals we set off on the adventure, looking to surmount all the obstacles and be fascinated by all the incredible and continuous discoveries related to the legendary imprint.

From September to December 2018 there will be a lot to look forward to, with 7 books carefully selected from the old Nascimento catalogue in the pipeline: the first in more than 30 years of publishing inactivity. The book fairs in Santiago de Chile will see the presentation of the upcoming projects, also broadcast on social media.

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Press: BristoLatino

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Reopening Chile’s legendary publishing house Editorial Nascimento, Edie Essex Barrett (October 2018)
The literary brilliance of prominent Latin American poets such as Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral continues to be acknowledged and celebrated across the globe. […]

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Press: The Literary Review

December 4th, 2018|0 Comments

The Literary Review: Finding Neruda, Pablo George-Nascimento (August 2017 Issue 456)
Pablo Larraín’s entertaining new film, Neruda, has come at a serendipitous moment. This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the founding of Editorial Nascimento, Pablo […]

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Linton Kwesi Johnson on Editorial Nascimento

July 24th, 2018|0 Comments

On November the 3rd 2016, poet extraordinaire Linton Kwesi Johnson joined the discussion on Don Carlos George-Nascimento and his legacy. During the event, Kwesi Johnson read some amazing passages from Neruda’s poetry.

El 3 de noviembre de […]

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Editorial Nascimento – Present & Past

The first logo of Editorial Nascimento was realised by the sculptor Galvarino Ponce (1921-2012) in the 60s. The brand new logo shows the lettering “Literature – Art – Culture – Technology” below the artwork to identify the areas of interest of the renewed publishing house.

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Don Carlos George Nascimento (1885-1966)

Native of the Azores, at 20 years of age he travelled to Chile where he inherited a book shop from his uncle. After purchasing a press machine, Don Carlos set-up his own print shop and converted the book shop into one of the most important publishing houses of South America.

102

years of activity

6,500+

titles published

2

Nobel Prizes

40+

National Prizes
for Literature

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Pablo Neruda

Nobel Prize for Literature 1971

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Gabriela Mistral

Nobel Prize for Literature 1945

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Vicente Huidobro

Chilean National Literature Awards 1988

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Nicanor Parra

Premio Miguel de Cervantes 2012

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Pablo De Rokha

Chilean National Literature Award 1965

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Violeta Parra

Poetess, Singer, Composer, Artist, Painter

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