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Syria's secret library : reading and redemption in a town under siege

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First US edition.

"Daraya lies on the fringe of Damascus, just southwest of the Syrian capital. Yet for four years it lived in another world. Besieged by government forces early in the Syrian Civil War, its people were deprived of food, bombarded by heavy artillery, and under the constant fire of snipers. But deep beneath this scene of frightening devastation lay a hidden library. While the streets above echoed with shelling and rifle fire, the secret world below was a haven of books. Long rows of well-thumbed volumes lined almost every wall: bloated editions with grand leather covers, pocket-sized guides to Syrian poetry, and no-nonsense reference books, all arranged in well-ordered lines. But this precious horde was not bought from publishers or loaned by other libraries-they were the books salvaged and scavenged at great personal risk from the doomed city above"--

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  • ISBN: 9781541767621
  • ISBN: 1541767624
  • Physical Description: 305 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, 2019.

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General Note:
"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2019 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, Ltd."--Colophon.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-303).
Summary, etc.:
"Daraya lies on the fringe of Damascus, just southwest of the Syrian capital. Yet for four years it lived in another world. Besieged by government forces early in the Syrian Civil War, its people were deprived of food, bombarded by heavy artillery, and under the constant fire of snipers. But deep beneath this scene of frightening devastation lay a hidden library. While the streets above echoed with shelling and rifle fire, the secret world below was a haven of books. Long rows of well-thumbed volumes lined almost every wall: bloated editions with grand leather covers, pocket-sized guides to Syrian poetry, and no-nonsense reference books, all arranged in well-ordered lines. But this precious horde was not bought from publishers or loaned by other libraries-they were the books salvaged and scavenged at great personal risk from the doomed city above"-- Publisher's description.
Subject: Libraries > Social aspects > Syria > Dārayyā (Damascus)
Syria > History > Civil War, 2011- > Social aspects.
Dārayyā (Damascus, Syria) > Social life and customs.


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