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A Universal History of the Destruction of Books
From Ancient Sumer to Modern-day Iraq
by Fernando Báez
“Impressive. . . The best book written on this subject.” —Noam Chomsky
A product of ten years of research and support from leading American and European universities, A Universal History of the Destruction of Books traces a tragic story: the smashed tablets of ancient Sumer, the widespread looting of libraries in post-war Iraq, the leveling of the Library of Alexandria, book burnings by Crusaders and Nazis, and suppressive censorship against authors past and present.
With diligence and grace, Báez mounts a compelling investigation into the motives behind the destruction of books, reading man’s violence against writing as a perverse anti-creation. “By destroying,” Báez argues, “man ratifies this ritual of permanence, purification and consecration; by destroying, man brings to the surface a behavior originating in the depth of his personality.” His findings ultimately attest to the lasting power of books as the great human repository of knowledge and memory, fragile yet vital bulwarks against the intransigence and barbarity of every age.
“[A] horrific chronicle of the centuries-long assault on human memory. . . . A sobering reminder of just how deep-seated is the instinct to destroy other people’s truths.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Marvelously informative." —Publishers Weekly
“A terrifying, masterly book from the erudite pen of Fernando Báez.” —Alberto Manguel
Hardcover, $25.00, 272 pages, 5" x 7 1/8", 29 black and white illustrations, plus 1 map
ISBN: 978-1-934633-24- 3
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About the Author
Fernando Báez is the author The History of the Ancient Library of Alexandria, The Cultural Destruction of Iraq, and The Cambridge Translator, a novel.