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A spiral tower 28 meters high and tens of thousands of books have been incorporated into the urban landscape of Buenos Aires to mark the appointment of the city as World Book Capital by UNESCO.
Made with works in 48 languages, the building installed in the Plaza San Martin was named the Tower of Babel. The intention is to show how fiction and literature are able to unite different people, explained the founder and Argentine artist Marta Minujin.
The tower has seven floors and can be seen during a guided tour in which visitors hear a recording with the word "book" in many spoken languages. After the tour, they receive a copy of the short story The Library of Babel, the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. But the building of words will be short-lived: the Tower will be open for tours for groups of up to 100 people by tomorrow, May 28, will then be disassembled and visitors can take the books home.
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