A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution (2020)

A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution Samar Yazbek Max Weiss A Woman in the Crossfire Diaries of the Syrian Revolution A well known novelist and journalist from the coastal city of Jableh Samar Yazbek witnessed the beginning four months of the uprising first hand and actively participated in a variety of public actio
  • Title: A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution
  • Author: Samar Yazbek Max Weiss
  • ISBN: 9781908323125
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution Samar Yazbek Max Weiss A well known novelist and journalist from the coastal city of Jableh, Samar Yazbek witnessed the beginning four months of the uprising first hand and actively participated in a variety of public actions and budding social movements Throughout this period she kept a diary of personal reflections on, and observations of, this historic time Because of the outspoken views shA well known novelist and journalist from the coastal city of Jableh, Samar Yazbek witnessed the beginning four months of the uprising first hand and actively participated in a variety of public actions and budding social movements Throughout this period she kept a diary of personal reflections on, and observations of, this historic time Because of the outspoken views she published in print and online, Yazbek quickly attracted the attention and fury of the regime, vicious rumours started to spread about her disloyalty to the homeland and the Alawite community to which she belongs The lyrical narrative describes her struggle to protect herself and her young daughter, even as her activism propels her into a horrifying labyrinth of insecurity after she is forced into living on the run and detained multiple times, excluded from the Alawite community and renounced by her family, her hometown and even her childhood friends With rare empathy and journalistic prowess Samar Yazbek compiled oral testimonies from ordinary Syrians all over the country Filled with snapshots of exhilarating hope and horrifying atrocities, she offers us a wholly unique perspective on the Syrian uprising Hers is a modest yet powerful testament to the strength and commitment of countless unnamed Syrians who have united to fight for their freedom These diaries will inspire all those who read them, and challenge the world to look anew at the trials and tribulations of the Syrian uprising.
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  1. Simona

    Book about the beginnings of the anti regime movement demonstrations in Syrian cities in 2011 The book is chronological, built in the form of a personal author s logs intertwined with the testimonies of the demonstrators It s story about the bravery of individuals, corruption, dignity, sectarian misunderstandings provoke by government, the horrors of the power but most of all it is a book that shows the brutality of the human race in all its magnificence Eyes opening book, in which the reality o [...]

  2. Noor

    Samar Yazbek, a Syrian Alawite from Jableh, chronicles the experiences that she and many of her activist acquaintances faced during the first 100 days of the Syrian Revolution.This book focuses on a very early stage of the crisis in Syria, from the 25th March 9th July 2011 however, although it might at first appear a little outdated, it is nonetheless an important read With Syria featuring increasingly in the news, and often than not for the wrong reasons, this book provides a thorough chronicl [...]

  3. Marieke

    In many ways reading this diary reminded me of Anna PolitovskayaA journalist dedicated to finding out the truth of terrible civil conflict and threatened by her own government It was a tough read, tougher actually than Politovskaya s work that I have read It s been awhile since I read P, so I m not sure what accounts for that Perhaps my own emotional investment in Syria and the knowledge that the situation got drastically worse after the period in which this book was written the very beginning o [...]

  4. Becki Iverson

    This book took a long time to finish, mostly because it is so thoroughly tragic that I could only handle it in small chunks I have been reading a lot lately about the refugee crisis and Middle Eastern politics, and this is definitely the most difficult book of that series so far Yazbek is a true journalist, recording the atrocities suffered by the protesters in Syria with minute detail and at extreme personal cost Her work is all the terrifying because it only documents the first 100 days of th [...]

  5. Silke

    Het is interessant om meer te weten te komen over het Syri van 2011, ook al is het niet echt een onderwerp wat ik zelf zou lezen Helaas heeft de vertaling naar het Nederlands het helemaal verpest, alhoewel ik niet zeker weet of de slechte stijl van de vertaler of de schrijver komt Voor wie het in vertaling zou lezen, raad ik het dus zeker af.

  6. Aziza

    Samar Yazbek was not only born in the year the Assad family came to power but also comes from the same Alawi clan as the dictator When she published the quite risqu novel Cinnamon sharply criticizing gender and class inequalities by having an upper class and poor Damascene woman find solace in each other s arms , Yazbek was still protected by her privileged background But this was no longer to be the case when the apparent growing pains of Syria s Arab Spring turned into a civil war and she star [...]

  7. Shireen Rummana

    This book gives an incredible picture of the first 100 days of the Syrian revolution It s close, it s moving, it feels like it s happening right in front of you it s horrific, too An Alawite in support of the revolution, targeted fiercely by the regime, Samar Yazbek breaks down the ways in which the Assad regime uses her sect as a human shield to save itself Spreading rumors, dropping leaflets in her hometown that she is a traitor and should be killed, arresting her and displaying tens of tortur [...]

  8. Liralen

    Things I did not learn from this book any Syrian history or politics A full understanding of what precipitated the current revolution and widespread violence there The author s personal history or anything beyond the most basic of background facts about her.Things I did learn from this book as best as one can without being there the impossible unpredictability and monotony of civil war The stress of knowing that you are a target, and therefore so are your loved ones That it is possible to be dev [...]

  9. Artfulreader

    This is a gut wrenching read It broke my heart to read of all the violence and death during the syrian revolution I know of it from the news but it becomes very personal when it s from someone on the ground and who understands and is invested in what is happening, and very much a victim of the regime The crudeness and banality Over and over again Yazbek has access to stories and takes the time to tell them.My only complaint would be that basic facts like a bit of syrian history,religious ground [...]

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