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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