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The Resource Books on fire : the destruction of libraries throughout history, Lucien X. Polastron ; translated by Jon E. Graham

Books on fire : the destruction of libraries throughout history, Lucien X. Polastron ; translated by Jon E. Graham

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Books on fire : the destruction of libraries throughout history
Title
Books on fire
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the destruction of libraries throughout history
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Lucien X. Polastron ; translated by Jon E. Graham
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  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
A historical survey of the destruction of knowledge from ancient Babylon and China to modern times Includes the three separate destructions of the Library of Alexandria as well as many equally significant collections around the world Examines the causes of violence directed at repositories of knowledge Looks at the dangers posed by digitalization of books to the free availability of knowledge in the future Hebrew, Hindu, Nordic, and Islamic traditions share the belief of a vast library existing before the creation of the world. The Vedas say that this library predated the creator's creation of himself. Yet, almost as old as the idea of the library is the urge to destroy it. The reasons cited for this are many: educated people are much harder to govern, and some proclaim that only the illiterate can save the world. There are also great destructions brought about by weather, worms, and even the paranoia of the library's owner. Noah is believed to have consigned to oblivion the library of Adam and his descendents because its weight added to that of the animals aboard would have sunk the ark. Books on Fire traces the history of this perpetual destruction from the burning of the great library of Alexandria (on three separate occasions) and the libraries of the Chinese Qing Dynasty to more modern catastrophic losses such as those witnessed in Nazi-occupied Europe and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The author examines the causes for these disasters, the treasures that have been lost, and where the surviving books, if any, have ended up. His investigation also reveals a new danger facing libraries today with the digitalization of books threatening both the existence of the physical paper book and the very idea of reading for free. The promise of an absolute library offered by the computer may well turn out to equal the worst nightmares of Ray Bradbury, Aldous Huxley, and George Orwell. Books on Fire received the 2004 Societe; des Gens de Lettres Prize for Nonfiction/History in Paris.--Provided by publisher
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Polastron, Lucien X
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index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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Graham, Jon E
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  • Libraries
  • Libraries
  • Censorship
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Books on fire : the destruction of libraries throughout history, Lucien X. Polastron ; translated by Jon E. Graham
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [343]-362) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
  • In the cradle of the libraries -- The
  • papyrus region -- Islam of the first days -- People of the book -- Asia before the twentieth century -- The
  • Christian West -- The
  • new biblioclasts -- Peace damages -- An embarrassment of modernity -- Flameproof knowledge -- Epilogue: return to Alexandria
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FIEb13599707
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xii, 371 pages
Isbn
9781594771675
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)123539298
Label
Books on fire : the destruction of libraries throughout history, Lucien X. Polastron ; translated by Jon E. Graham
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [343]-362) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • In the cradle of the libraries -- The
  • papyrus region -- Islam of the first days -- People of the book -- Asia before the twentieth century -- The
  • Christian West -- The
  • new biblioclasts -- Peace damages -- An embarrassment of modernity -- Flameproof knowledge -- Epilogue: return to Alexandria
Control code
FIEb13599707
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xii, 371 pages
Isbn
9781594771675
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)123539298

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