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The book collectors : a band of Syrian rebels and the stories that carried them through a war / Delphine Minoui ; translated from the French by Lara Vergnaud.

Minoui, Delphine, (author.). Vergnaud, Lara, (translator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 956.9104 MIN (Text) 33500013324421 New Checked out 02/10/2021
Godel Memorial-Warren Library 956.9104 MIN (Text) 35500006332108 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374115166
  • ISBN: 0374115168
  • Physical Description: 197 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Translation of: Passeurs de livres de Daraya.
"Originally published in French in 2018 by Editions du Seuil, France, as 'Les passeurs de livres de Daraya.' "
Summary, etc.:
"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"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 October #2
    *Starred Review* Heartbreaking and heartwarming, this account tells how the pro-democracy rebels of Daraya, Syria, survived a six-year siege with the help of books. In 2015, journalist Minoui saw a picture on Facebook showing the young men of Daraya, which had been besieged by Bashar al-Assad's forces since 2011, in a windowless room surrounded by books. When Minoui connects with Ahmad Muaddamari via social media, he tells her how he and his friends have salvaged 6,000 books from a destroyed house and set up a library in the basement of a ruined building for the remaining townspeople. The library is used constantly as the people cling to books as if to life, and they discover that words have power to soothe the mental wounds of war and hardship. After the town is attacked with sarin gas and then firebombed, the residents are forced to flee, and Minoui finally meets Ahmad in person when he finds refuge in Turkey. Readers will be moved by the plight of the people of Daraya, and inspired by their faith in the power of books to give information, release, and hope. Highly recommended for all libraries and book lovers. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Delphine Minoui, a recipient of the Albert-Londres Prize for her reporting on Iraq and Iran, is a journalist and Middle East correspondent for Le Figaro. Born in Paris in 1974 to a French mother and an Iranian father, she now lives in Istanbul. She is the author of I'm Writing You from Tehran.

Subject: Dārayyā (Syria) > Intellectual life > 21st century.
Dārayyā (Syria) > Social life and customs.
Books and reading > Syria > Dārayyā.
Libraries and society > Syria > Dārayyā.
Libraries > Social aspects > Syria > Dārayyā.
Syria > History > Civil War, 2011-
Genre: Biographies.

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