Books celebrated on National Reading Day
PR dla Zagranicy
The Polish classic novel Quo Vadis was the focal point of the National Reading Day held in hundreds of locations around the country on Saturday.
Polish President Andrzej Duda and First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda. Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz
Among the attractions during the event in Warsaw was a public reading by Polish President Andrzej Duda, who professed the benefits and joys of reading.
The President stressed that reading books is important for the development of personality.
“Books require some intellectual effort and help in the development of every human being,” Duda said, urging Poles to read to children and to each other.
“It is important to build relationships between children and parents. Each of us fondly remembers the days when we were little and our dads or moms read to us,” the President said.
Henryk Sienkiewicz's 1895 novel, Quo Vadis, which is set in the decadent Rome of Emperor Nero, was translated into 50 languages. A 1951 Hollywood adaptation starring Peter Ustinov as the emperor was the highest grossing US movie of that year. (rg)