17 June 2016

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here - Manuscripts Don't Burn by Dan Wood

Manuscripts Don't Burn is an artist book created by Dan Wood and is a part of our Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here collection that serves as a memorial for the March 5, 2007 bombing of the street of booksellers. The book is in a scroll format and includes text from an article about the bombing written by Anthony Shadid. The line itself is spoken by the devil to an author who burned his own writing only to have it returned unharmed in the book The Master and Margarita written by Mikhail Bulgakov. Touching on the idea that written words and thoughts cannot be truly destroyed this piece evokes the futility of anyone who tries to eradicate books from the world.


The Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here collection is a series of artist books, broad sides, and prints made by a variety of artists from around the world who were asked to respond to the March 5, 2007 car bombing of Al-Mutanabbi street. A street of booksellers and often considered the heart of Baghdad for intellectuals and poets. The collection is available for browsing online and can be seen by request. It is asked that those interested in seeing the collection wash their hands before interacting with the works, and let library staff know in advance. 
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