After news emerged about an underground reading room in Damascus, Fiona Macdonald discovers the places where writing has been hidden for centuries.
I am proud to have my name on a book rescued from destruction by religious fanatics in Timbuktu. I have no idea what the book is about and I am certain I will never see it in person, but here it is:
Here’s a great BBC article about some other secret libraries around the world, several of which were discovered by accident.
For lovers of the written word in all its variations this is a delightful story.
And here’s a gallery of amusing signages, word play, and other abuses of language: