“The 19th-Century Lithuanians Who Smuggled Books to Save Their Language”

From Atlas Obscura: Almost immediately, individuals sprung up to spread Lithuanian writing. Since they couldn’t publish books in their homeland, many Lithuanians began printing them abroad and smuggling them back into their own country. Thus appeared the first of the knygnešiai—or book-carriers—who, in a desperate bid to save their language, transported books across the border […]

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