SYRIAN NOTEBOOKS: INSIDE THE HOMS UPRISING by Jonathan Littell

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SYRIAN NOTEBOOKS: INSIDE THE HOMS UPRISING by Jonathan Littell

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256 PAGES
©2015
Verso Books

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A blistering firsthand account of the conflict in Homs by the internationally acclaimed author of The Kindly Ones

“We fight for our religion, for our women, for our land, and lastly to save our skin. As for them, they’re only fighting to save their skin.”

In 2012, Jonathan Littell traveled to the heart of the Syrian uprising, smuggled in by the Free Syrian Army to the historic city of Homs. For three weeks, he watched as neighborhoods were bombed and innocent civilians murdered. His notes on what he saw on the ground speak directly of horrors that continue today in the ongoing civil war.

Amid the chaos, Littell bears witness to the lives and the hopes of freedom fighters, of families caught within the conflict, as well as of the doctors who attempt to save both innocents and combatants who come under fire. As government forces encircle the city, Littell charts the first stirrings of the fundamentalist movement that would soon hijack the revolution.

Littell’s notebooks were originally the raw material for the articles he wrote upon his return for the French daily Le Monde. Published nearly immediately afterward in France, Syrian Notebooks has come to form an incomparable close-up account of a war that still grips the Middle East—a classic of war reportage.

“Writing of this quality is rare, and Syrian Notebooks is a first-rate work of war reportage that may come to be seen as an indispensable piece of literature.”Flavorwire

“There are still some journalists, photographers and writers who were courageous enough to report from opposition areas and remember those early days of the revolution … There was never any magic or mystery to the emergence of Isis—it was born from levels of grotesque suffering that would be hard to imagine had they not been witnessed at first hand by individuals such as Littell. Reading his account, the moral and intellectual bankruptcy of climbing into bed with Assad becomes clear.” —Anthony Loyd, Times

“Documents a pivotal moment in the conflict … Littell conveys his sense of horror in stark, fragmented prose”The Independent

“An important document of Syria’s trial by fire.”CounterPunch

Jonathan Littell was born in 1967 in New York and was brought up in France. His novel The Kindly Ones, originally published in France as Les Bienveillantes, became a bestseller and won the coveted Prix Goncourt and the Académie Française’s Prix de Littérature. Previously he worked for a humanitarian agency, Action contre la faim, in Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He lives in Spain.

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