The latest book by Mircea Cartarescu, Solenoid, leads the chart of the most frequently stolen books from libraries for 2015.
The runner-up is “How Romania was romanized” by Lucian Boia, Digi 24 reports. Lucian Boia is the favourite writer of thieves, as shown by the charts in the last few years.
The unusual top also includes “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”, an international bestseller written by Muriel Barbery. Next is Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Namesake”.
Book sellers say that most thieves are teenagers and that they are usually pulling the stamp with the code bar off the book, or hide it in their bag or jacket.
“The video system inside the book shop, as well as book sellers’ attention matter a lot here, and there are other systems we do not want to reveal. There are persons who pick a bunch of books and try removing the theft preventing devices on the books. I saw such person and I politely invited them to leave the book shop”, says Dana Grigore, employee of Humanitas.