Thorndike Press

The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War

  • Delphine Minoui
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  • ISBN-10: 1432887742
  • ISBN-13: 9781432887742
  • DDC: 956.9104
  • Shipping Weight: .80 lbs ( .36 kgs)
  • 238 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released June 2021

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Daraya is a town outside Damascus, the very spot where the Syrian Civil War began. Daraya fell under siege in 2012. For four years, no one entered or left, and aid was blocked. Every single day, bombs fell on this place. And then a group searching for survivors stumbled upon a cache of books in the rubble. A sanctuary was born: a library where people could escape the blockade, a paper fortress to protect their humanity. Young men gathered in the library, exchanged ideas, and imagined the future. The Book Collectors is a testament to their bravery and a celebration of the power of words.


Customer Reviews

“An extraordinary story about the passion for books in war-torn Syria . . . Shelve this one next to READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN. Heartbreaking, inspiring, and beautifully told.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“This compassionate portrayal of an engaging group of rebels serves as a testament to both the resilience of the human spirit and to the power of story. Highly recommended for those interested in current events, Middle East history and politics, and personal accounts of war.”

— Library Journal (starred)

“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.”

— Booklist (starred)

“A haunting portrait . . . Fluidly translated and emotionally powerful, this devastating account pays tribute to the ‘dream of a better world that never fully came true.’”

— Publishers Weekly