Syria’s Secret Library By Mike Thomson

  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Release date: 08-20-19

Syria’s Secret Library AudioBook Summary

The remarkable, improbable story of a small, makeshift library in the Syrian town of Darayya, and the people who found hope and humanity in its books during the four-year siege they endured.

At the height of the Syrian Civil War, deep beneath the shattered streets of rebel-held Darayya was a secret library. This basement room filled with thousands of books, rescued under constant sniper fire from gutted buildings, was an oasis of normality in a country at war with itself.

Here, despite a devastating four-year siege, people risked their lives to read. Over a period of more than a year, Mike Thomson heard their extraordinary stories via tenuous Skype calls, emails, social media messages, and audio diaries recorded on their mobile phones.

Through the testaments of these clandestine readers, a portrait of a unique rebel enclave emerges, and with it, a richer understanding of their embattled country. Syria’s rich literary history has been overshadowed by recent turmoil. But Darayya’s hidden collection is a testament to the Syrian people’s long, unbreakable pursuit of knowledge, enlightenment and beauty, even in their darkest hours.

File Size: 271.3 MB


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