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The Librarian's Stories

The Librarian's Stories was inspired by the novel, The Cellist of Sarejevo, and by the following story. During the Islamic Golden Age in the 13th century, an invading Mongol army set fire to all the libraries in Bagdad. They say that the books from the House of Wisdom were thrown into the Tigris River. There were so many thousands of them that they created a bridge for the Mongol army to cross.

Legend says that the pages bled ink into the river for seven days, draining them of their knowledge. When the books stopped bleeding, the courageous people of Bagdad started rebuilding their city.


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