Library of exile

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The library contains 2,000 books written by authors in exile in numerous languages from antiquity to the present day. The exterior walls, washed with porcelain over sheets of gold are inscribed with the names of libraries from history - from Nineveh and Alexandria to those lost more recently including Timbuktu, Aleppo and Mosul. Displayed inside the structure are four vitrines of porcelain vessels inspired by Daniel Bomberg's Renaissance printing of the Jewish scripture, the Talmud. Visitors are invited to contemplate and respond to the books by writing notes on the ex libris bookplate inserted into each edition.


Author: Edmund de Waal, Elif Shafak and Hartwig Fischer
Publisher: The British Museum Press
Publish Date: Dec 2020
Pages: 80
Format: Hardback
Dimensions: 23.1  x 17.2 cm