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História Universal da Destruição dos Livros (Em Portuguese do Brasil) (urspr publ 2004; utgåvan 2006)

av Fernando Baez (Författare)

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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 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. 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.--From publisher description.… (mer)
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Titel:História Universal da Destruição dos Livros (Em Portuguese do Brasil)
Författare:Fernando Baez (Författare)
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A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern-day Iraq av Fernando Báez (Author) (2004)

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The book was interesting, but it was a bit tiresome and depressing at times. You are looking at humanity's history pretty much by the many books (and scrolls and manuscripts) that have been lost or destroyed from natural disasters to man's intentional destruction. It is written in short sections, which makes it easy to read, but the prose is a little on the dry side (which is why I gave it two stars; it just did not draw me in). If you are interested in books, it is worth a look, but it is a slow read. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
The cumulative impact of the author's catalog of book destruction has a numbing effect. Some describe the elimination of collections, and others all copies of a given title. The entries span the full span from the first accounts of lost manuscripts, to the recent obscene apathy shown by the United States during its invasion of Iraq.

As a work of scholarship, the details and stories are impressive. But the weight on the human spirit to see gathered in one place the malicious, thoughtless and unlucky losses in our human intellectual patrimony is crushing. ( )
  dono421846 | Sep 25, 2016 |
A thorough checklist of the history and causes of biblioclasty. Fairly dry writing, and I certainly feel I would have preferred Baez to spend more time describing a few incidents, rather than mentioning hundreds more or less in passing; however, it is certainly worth bibliophiles acquiring simply for that thorough, mouthwatering 40-page bibliography at the rear, as a means of further satiating interest in individual cases. ( )
  plaugher | Sep 23, 2012 |
For as well-written and translated as this wonderful and important work is, and as well-organized and thoroughly researched as it is, this is an incredibly difficult book to read. Báez does not spare the sensitive book lover, although he is kind and concise in his writing style and division of subjects and time frames and geographies. It is very possible to read for five minutes and feel that something of worth has been learned, or a new way of thinking about humanity has been approached, if not gained. That is a singular accomplishment in and of itself.

But to read of fire, bombs, purges and the deliberate and systematic attempts by humans to eradicate the culture, history and access to learning and individual thought of other humans is in no way comfortable armchair browsing. This book is a challenge in the most indirect way: it does not challenge anyone outright. There is no manifesto, no call to abandon arms, nothing that will take strength from a foundational truth: library is above politics, above ethnic struggle, above religious difficulties. The buildings are subject, even the books are subject, but the matter that holds the library together is held by people, humans who do see that there is more than ego in humanity.

Somewhere in the midst of the carnage, I realized what I realized when I first burst into tears reading about the deliberate destruction of books and libraries: we keep building them. Monks and priests and then lay people and then unaffiliated people have persisted throughout the millennia writing and collecting and cataloging and storing the works that hold the words that the tell stories of us to each other.

It is in that indirectly expressed truth that Báez has hidden his challenge. It is part of what makes it possible to finish this book and to see it for the magnificent and necessary work that it is. I do not plan to be without it in my library for long, it is far too pertinent and timely and non-judgmental and thorough. The bibliography alone is a library that it would be a tremendous life to read. ( )
  WaxPoetic | Oct 26, 2011 |
As a catalog of causes and notable instances of books being destroyed, this is a fantastic book. The introduction hints that this is, in fact, the purpose of the book, which I have rated accordingly. However, as a book to read from start to finish, I'd give this two stars. While the loss of unique texts is certainly tragic, the author's lamentation over losses hundreds and thousands of years ago is a bit much. Yes, it's sad. But lots of things get destroyed over time, not just books. I cut short or skimmed some entries because I wanted the information but not so much the emotional drain.

The more recent losses in Iraq, however, fully deserve their extra attention. Now that is a situation worth getting worked up over, and to which the author gives an impressive amount of consideration. This book is important for that alone. ( )
  dandi | Dec 18, 2010 |
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In general, biblioclasts are well-educated people, cultured, sensitive, perfectionists, painstaking, with unusual intellectual gifts, depressive tendencies, incapable of tolerating criticism, egoists, mythomaniacs, members of the middle or upper classes, with minor traumas in their childhood or youth, with a tendency to belong to institutions that represent constituted power, charismatic, with religious and social hypersensitivity. To all that we would add a tendency to fantasy. In sum, we have to forget the stereotype of the savage book destroyer. Ignorant people are the most innocent.

"I read because each good reading experience gave me an even stronger motive to keep reading." p.4
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Please note that the correct English subtitle for the edition published in 2008 by Atlas & Co. is "From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq," not "modern-day Iraq."
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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 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. 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.--From publisher description.

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