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Wendy Pearlman is a professor at Northwestern University. She speaks Arabic and has spent more than twenty years studying and living in the Arab World, including Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Educated at Harvard, Georgetown, and Brown, she has written visa mer dozens of articles about the Middle East in addition to two acclaimed books about the Palestinian national movement. visa färre

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nonfiction (personal stories from survivors and refugees/citizens from Syria taken over many years and translated into English; modern Syria history from 2010-2018)
reader1009 | 7 andra recensioner | Jul 3, 2021 |
It feels strange to rate a book like this. Because I don’t want to be rating a person’s struggles, trauma, losses... but the way Wendy Pearlman put these fragments of people’s stories and thoughts, combined with the introduction, really helps for those even not deeply familiar with details of what has happened in Syria to understand what those ‘news events’ mean for very real human beings.

If someone wants to try and understand what’s going on in Syria from the perspective of those who ultimately felt they had no choice but to flee their country and everything this once knew, I think this book will really help you to that. It can be hard at some points to process what you read is something that really happened. Not just that, but recently happened. But, I think especially because of that it’s important to know stories like those shared in this books pages.… (mer)
Sara_Cat | 7 andra recensioner | Mar 6, 2021 |
An excellent retrospective of events in Syria told by actual Syrians. The final chapter is particularly moving.
drwilko | 7 andra recensioner | Nov 17, 2020 |
FROM AMAZON: Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government’s ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard, while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency. This fierce and poignant collection changes that. Based on interviews with hundreds of displaced Syrians conducted over four years across the Middle East and Europe, We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled is a breathtaking mosaic of first-hand testimonials from the frontlines. Some of the testimonies are several pages long, eloquent narratives that could stand alone as short stories; others are only a few sentences, poetic and aphoristic. Together, they cohere into an unforgettable chronicle that is not only a testament to the power of storytelling but to the strength of those who face darkness with hope, courage, and moral conviction.… (mer)
Gmomaj | 7 andra recensioner | Jul 17, 2020 |



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