The Resource The book smugglers of Timbuktu : the quest for this storied city and the race to save its treasures, Charlie English

The book smugglers of Timbuktu : the quest for this storied city and the race to save its treasures, Charlie English

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The book smugglers of Timbuktu : the quest for this storied city and the race to save its treasures
Title
The book smugglers of Timbuktu
Title remainder
the quest for this storied city and the race to save its treasures
Statement of responsibility
Charlie English
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Two tales of a city: The historical race to reach one of the world's most mythologized places, and the story of how a contemporary band of archivists and librarians, fighting to save its ancient manuscripts from destruction at the hands of al Qaeda, added another layer to the legend. To Westerners, the name "Timbuktu" long conjured a tantalising paradise, an African El Dorado where even the slaves wore gold. Beginning in the late eighteenth century, a series of explorers gripped by the fever for "discovery" tried repeatedly to reach the fabled city. But one expedition after another went disastrously awry, succumbing to attack, the climate, and disease. Timbuktu was rich in another way too. A medieval centre of learning, it was home to tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts, on subjects ranging from religion to poetry, law to history, pharmacology, and astronomy. When al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents, a remarkable thing happened: a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit the manuscripts into hiding. Relying on extensive research and firsthand reporting, Charlie English expertly twines these two suspenseful strands into a fascinating account of one of the planet's extraordinary places, and the myths from which it has become inseparable
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10599921
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
English, Charlie
Dewey number
966.23
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Manuscripts, Arabic
  • Libraries
  • Islamic learning and scholarship
  • Cultural property
  • Tombouctou (Mali)
  • Tombouctou (Mali)
  • Mali
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the quest for this storied city and the race to save its treasures
Label
The book smugglers of Timbuktu : the quest for this storied city and the race to save its treasures, Charlie English
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Publication
Note
Also published as: The storied city : the quest for Timbuktu and the fantastic mission to save its past. New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780008184902
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The book smugglers of Timbuktu : the quest for this storied city and the race to save its treasures, Charlie English
Publication
Note
Also published as: The storied city : the quest for Timbuktu and the fantastic mission to save its past. New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780008184902
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
Specific material designation
regular print

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