this is why I love used books. Not only can you get them for way cheaper than normal and maybe find some really old gems that aren’t in print anymore at the same time, but you can also, if you’re lucky, get a glimpse into the life of the previous owner.
take this book, for instance. It’s called We and it was written by the Russian activist Yevgeny Zamyatin in 1923. It’s about what happens when Communism goes wrong and turns into Collectivism, which means that the very concept of Individuality is disposed of in the name of the Good of the People; and, even though I’d already read it in ebook format, I didn’t have the original, and arguably, the best translation of it, which was done by Gregory Zilboorg, until I found this 1958 copy in a used bookstore downtown.
so I bought it, brought it home, and cracked it open to start reading. And lo’ and behold a little love note from one of the previous owners’ lovers fell out. And just look at it. From this you could derive a million different scenarios for why he wrote this note and stuck it in this specific book to his girlfriend. But my favorite would have to be that he was taking a lengthy trip to Russia, perhaps during the final days of the USSR if the date (3.13.86) is anything to go by, and he wanted to leave her with something she could read when she was thinking about him in Russia. I don’t know, maybe it wasn’t anything like that, but I like to think that it was.
i just thought it was sort of cool is all, and then thought maybe you guys would think it was too