Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Something from Adam...

As in Adam Alexander Aloysius Verlain, of The Alice '65. He's begun reposting on his facebook page.

I finally found the photograph of Paul Pelliot sitting amongst a trove of manuscripts he discovered in China, in 1908. They were near the Silk Road oasis of Dunhuang and had been walled up in a cave for centuries. He'd learned of the possibility of this treasure thanks to Aurel Stein's visit to the same area.

Stein had found some of the manuscripts but had no awareness of their extreme value, nor was he allowed to peruse the majority of them, whereas Pelliot was fluent in Mandarin and suspected they held works from prior to the 11th Century. He needed special permission to breach the wall, but there he found tens of thousands of scrolls dating back to as early as the 5th Century. They dealt with Buddhism, Manichaeism, and Daoism, but also a version of Christianity and Judaism. Some of them were in the old Uyghur language as well as Hebrew and Sanskrit.

He bought many of these priceless items for the equivalent of about 8,000 GBP, today, and they are still being studied at the Bibliothèque nationale de France as well as The British Library and the National Library of China.

Adam is having fun, again...

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