Book cover for The Book Collectors of Daraya

The Book Collectors of Daraya



03 February 2022
208 pages
Imprint: Picador


There is something seductive about the idea of knowledge as a bulwark against brutal force, and it’s an idea that immediately resonates with Minoui . . . She makes up for the lack of on-the-ground access with an abundance of attention and empathy.
The Book Collectors of Daraya celebrates the political and therapeutic power of the written word . . . defiant and cautiously optimistic
[An] incredible chronicle . . . The book tells the kind of story that often gets buried beneath images of violence.
Just like prisons across the region, rebel strongholds are sometimes universities in exile; witnessing the unexpected joy of learning in such circumstances is both sobering and inspiring.