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The book collectors : a band of Syrian rebels and the stories that carried them through a war

Author: Delphine Minoui; Lara Vergnaud
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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"An extraordinary account of a band of young men in a besieged Damascan suburb who find books in the rubble and create a secret library"--
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Delphine Minoui; Lara Vergnaud
ISBN: 9780374115166 0374115168
OCLC Number: 1178869011
Notes: Maps on end sheets.
"Originally published in French in 2018 by Éditions du Seuil, France, as 'Les passeurs de livres de Daraya.' "
Description: 197 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Other Titles: Passeurs de livres de Daraya.
Band of Syrian rebels and the stories that carried them through a war
Responsibility: Delphine Minoui ; translated from the French by Lara Vergnaud.

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"An extraordinary account of a band of young men in a besieged Damascan suburb who find books in the rubble and create a secret library"--

Long a site of peaceful resistance to the Assad regimes, Daraya fell under siege in 2012. For four years no one entered or left, and aid was blocked. Bombs fell on this place of homes and families. A group searching for survivors stumbled upon a cache of books; in a week they had six thousand volumes; in a month fifteen thousand. A sanctuary was born: a library to escape the blockade, offering Arabic poetry, American self-help, Shakespearean plays and more. Over text messages, Minoui came to know the young men who gathered in the library, exchanged ideas, learned English, and imagined how to shape the future, even as bombs kept falling from above. -- adapted from jacket

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