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The Book Collectors of Daraya - A Band of Syrian Rebels, Their Underground Library, Stories that

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The compelling story of how a group of young Syrian rebels found hope in the midst of war - hope that came from books

About the author

Delphine Minoui, a recipient of the Albert Londres Prize for her reporting on Iraq and Iran, is a 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 and The Book Collectors of Daraya.

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The compelling story of how a group of young Syrian rebels found hope in the midst of war - hope that came from books

Foreword

The compelling story of how a group of young Syrian rebels found hope in the midst of war - hope that came from books

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I was so moved by this account of the young rebels of Daraya, Syria, who, in the midst of a four-year blockade by Assad’s forces (including having poison gas used against them), set up a library with books rescued from bombed and destroyed buildings, an underground (in both senses of the word) library that grew to more than 15,000 titles, ranging from Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People to Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, and everything in between. In this testimony to the power of reading, these lines stood out: ‘Books are their best way to escape the war, if only temporarily. A melody of words against the dirge of bombs.’

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