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The Resource Syria's secret library : the true story of how a besieged Syrian town found hope, Mike Thomson

Syria's secret library : the true story of how a besieged Syrian town found hope, Mike Thomson

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Syria's secret library : the true story of how a besieged Syrian town found hope
Title
Syria's secret library
Title remainder
the true story of how a besieged Syrian town found hope
Statement of responsibility
Mike Thomson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The extraordinary story of how the besieged Syrian town of Darayya found hope and inspiration in a secret underground library. Darayya lies on the fringe of Damascus, just south west of the Syrian Capital. Yet it lives in another world. Besieged by Syrian government forces since 2011, its people were deprived of food, bombarded by bombs and missiles, and shot at by snipers. Its buildings lay in ruins; office buildings, shops and family homes shattered by the constant shelling from government forces. But deep beneath this scene of frightening devastation lay a secret library. No signs marked its presence. While the streets above echoed with rifle fire and shelling, the secret world below was a haven of peace and tranquillity. Books, long rows of them, lined almost every wall. Bloated volumes with grand leather covers. Tattered old tomes with barely readable spines. Pocket sized guides to Syrian poetry. Religious works with gaudy gold-lettering and no-nonsense reference books, all arranged in well-ordered lines. But this precious horde of books was not bought from publishers, book warehouses, or loaned by other libraries. Many people had risked their lives to save books from the devastation of war. Because to them, the secret library was a symbol of hope - of their determination to lead a meaningful existence and to rebuild their fractured society. This is the story of an extraordinary place and the people who made it happen. It is also a book about human resilience and values. And through it all is threaded the very wonderful, universal love for books and the hope they can bring
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Thomson, Mike
Dewey number
956.9144
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Libraries
  • Libraries
  • Communities
  • Books and reading
  • Dārayyā (Damascus, Syria)
  • Syria
  • Daraya (Syria)
  • Damascus (Syria)
Label
Syria's secret library : the true story of how a besieged Syrian town found hope, Mike Thomson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065442444
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
305 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781474605915
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1107636024
Label
Syria's secret library : the true story of how a besieged Syrian town found hope, Mike Thomson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000065442444
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
305 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781474605915
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)1107636024

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