For the Love of Books: A Sarajevo Story – in pictures

During the Bosnian war, a group of men and women risked their lives to rescue thousands of irreplaceable Islamic manuscripts – and preserve a nation’s history. Amid bullets and bombs, this handful of passionate book-lovers safeguarded more than 10,000 unique, hand-written antique books and documents – the most important texts held by Sarajevo’s Gazi Husrav Beg Library, founded in 1537.
As the 20th anniversary of the start of the siege of Sarajevo approaches, a documentary airing tonight on BBC4 tells the story of this extraordinary bid to protect a nation’s history. Here are a few of the film’s most striking images


The Love of Books: A Sarajevo Story
Directed by: Sam Hobkinson
Oxford Film & Television 2011
75 min.

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