Friday 31 March 2023 - 8:27:47 pm

Books unite people of varied cultures, says Mexican photographer named after Gibran Khalil Gibran

GUADALAJARA, 28th November, 2022 (WAM) -- The enduring influence of Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist, Gibran Khalil Gibran, one of the three most-read authors in the world till date, continues to be felt across the world to this day as the author of The Prophet is inspiring and impacting young generations even as far away as Mexico.

During his visit to the Sharjah pavilion at the 36th Guadalajara International Book Fair where Sharjah is being celebrated as Guest of Honour, Khalil Landero, a Mexican photographer, said that he was named after the Lebanese writer who transformed Arabic literature in the first half of the 20th century.

"My family is from Mexico, but my parents were keen on choosing a name with deep meaning for me, their eldest son. When they were young, my parents had read Gibran and his writings resonated with them. They were inspired by the famed writer’s humanity and his deep philosophical wisdom,” Khalil explained.

"Books open up whole new worlds and when these are from another culture, they connect with us in a profound way," Landero acknowledged.

Literature has a great impact on cultures worldwide, he said, adding, "Stories like the origins of my name are commonplace, and it is books that pave the way for uniting people of one culture with a new world."

Hazem Hussein/ Khoder Nashar