Take a look at “Burn this Book”
In coordination with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Luria Library is pleased to announce that Burn This Bookwill be available as the October eBook of the Month – free to all readers.
Published in conjunction with the PEN American Center, Burn This Book explores the meaning of censorship, and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves. Contributors including Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, David Grossman, Nadine Gordimer and other literary heavyweights, discuss the importance of writing from various views, both political and social. They illustrate the need for freedom of speech and human rights, and they emphasize the target writers become in a tyranny.
In “Freedom to Write” Orhan Pamuk elegantly describes escorting Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter around Turkey and how the experience of meeting with persecuted writers changed his life. In “The Value of the Word” Salman Rushdie shares a story from Bulgakov’s novel The Master and the Margarita in which the Devil talks to a frustrated writer called “The Master.” The writer is so upset with his own work he decides to burn it: “How could you do that?” the Devil asks… “Manuscripts do not burn.” Indeed, manuscripts do not burn, Rushdie argues, but writers do.
Both provocative and timely, Burn This Book includes a sterling list of award-winning writers and is sure to ignite spirited dialogue on the issues of censorship and freedom of speech.
Provided through the generous support of HarperCollins Publishers, Burn this Book will be available to Luria Library patrons October 1-31. If you have already established a NetLibrary account through the Luria Library, visit www.netLibrary.org and log in. If you do not have a NetLibrary account, you can create an account from any library computer. For more information about NetLibrary or other services available through our library, please contact your librarian.