• The Madman's Library: The Greatest Curiosities of Literature by Edward Brooke-Hitching

The Madman's Library: The Greatest Curiosities of Literature by Edward Brooke-Hitching

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A Journey through the Darkest Territories of Literature

The Madman’s Library is not your typical literary journey. Instead, it delves into the depths of the strangest books ever written and uncovers the fascinating stories behind their creation. From books written in blood to books that kill, from books of the insane to books that hoaxed the globe, and from books invisible to the naked eye to books so long they could destroy the universe, this is a madman’s library of eccentric and extraordinary volumes from around the world.

An Unforgettable Reading Experience

Edward Brooke-Hitching, the author of critically acclaimed and globally successful works such as The Phantom Atlas, The Golden Atlas, and The Sky Atlas, presents readers with a unique, beautifully illustrated collection that is ideal for every book-lover. The Madman’s Library takes you on an utterly joyous journey into the deepest eccentricities of the human mind. It is "quite simply the best gift for any book lover this year, or perhaps ever" (Lucy Atkins, Sunday Times Literary Book of the Year).

"Anybody who loves the printed word will be bowled over by this amusing, erudite, beautiful book about books. It is in every way a triumph. One of the loveliest books to have been published for many, many years." - Alexander McCall Smith
"An utterly joyous journey into the deepest eccentricities of the human mind… The most cheering, fascinating book I’ve read for ages." - The Guardian

The Strangest Books in History

The Madman's Library includes books that are just plain weird, as well as books that are so bizarre they have been completely forgotten. This unique collection of books includes the 605-page Qur'an written in the blood of Saddam Hussein, the gorgeously decorated 15th-century lawsuit filed by the Devil against Jesus, and the lost art of binding books with human skin. The book takes you on a journey through every strand of strangeness imaginable (and many inconceivable) that has been unearthed and bound together for a richly illustrated collection that will leave you spellbound.

Empowering the Rebels and the Fringe

The Madman’s Library is a celebration of independent thought, artistic expression, and rebellion against oppressive forces. This stunning new work curates a collection of outlawed and alternative literature that inspires critical thinking, creativity, and rebellion against oppressive forces. It is perfect for anyone who is looking for an unforgettable reading experience, a journey through the darkest territories of literature, and a chance to explore the strangest books in history.

Product Details

  • Price: £23.75
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Publish Date: 1 October 2020
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardback
  • EAN/UPC: 9781471166914
  • BIC Categories: General & world history
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with it's social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it. - Ernst Fischer
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