Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World

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Author: Irene Vallejo

9781529343977 | PB | pp. 444 | 2022 | Hachette

Papyrus: The Invention of Books in the Ancient World by Irene Vallejo chronicles the excitement of literary culture in the ancient world through fascinating stories about spies, scribes, booksellers and others.

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Long before books were mass produced, those made of reeds from along the Nile were worth fighting and dying for. Journeying along the battlefields of Alexander the Great, beneath the eruptions of Mount Vesuvius, at Cleopatra’s palaces and the scene of Hypatia’s murder, award-winning author Irene Vallejo chronicles the excitement of literary culture in the ancient world, and the heroic efforts that ensured this impressive tradition would continue.

Weaved throughout are fascinating stories about the spies, scribes, illuminators, librarians, booksellers, authors, and statesmen whose rich and sometimes complicated engagement with the written word bears remarkable similarities to the world today: Aristophanes and the censorship of the humourists, Sappho and the empowerment of women’s voices, Seneca and the problem of a post-truth world.

Vallejo takes us to mountainous landscapes and the roaring sea, to the capitals where culture flourished and the furthest reaches where knowledge found refuge in chaotic times. In this sweeping tour of the history of books, the wonder of the ancient world comes alive and along the way we discover the singular power of the written word.

Author/Illustrator:

Irene Vallejo

ISBN:

9781529343977

Publisher:

Hachette

Binding:

Paperback

Pages

444

Year of Publication:

2022

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

About the Author

The author earned her European Doctorate from the Universities of Zaragoza and Florence.

Papyrus was awarded the National Essay Prize, the Critical Eye Prize for Narrative and the Bookstore Recommendation Award, and will be published in thirty countries. She is a regular columnist for El Pais and Heraldo de Aragon, and is the author of two children’s books, two novels, and three collections of essays, articles, and short fiction.

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