For me the world of books and libraries has a shadow world of those lost or destroyed. Surely someone could write a novel about them? Meanwhile it is amazing how much survives, neither lost, burned, soaked nor nibbled by worms. But I wonder about the ghosts of destroyed libraries.
‘Entire libraries start coming into being. These must have been enormous collections: in 1170 the Seljuks destroy a library in Syunik consisting of ten thousand volumes. They are all Armenian manuscripts.’
Source: Ryszard Kapuscinski, Imperium, trans. Klara Glowczewska (New York: Vintage International, 1995), p. 50
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