We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled

We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled

Voices From Syria

Book - 2017
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Reminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.

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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Custom House,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780062654618
Characteristics: liii, 290 pages :,map


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Kirsten_Library Nov 23, 2017

As I read this, I realized how woefully unaware I was of world events and that which the Syrian people have been living through for decades. I highly recommend this to anyone from 16 to 116.

Jul 17, 2017

A Middle East Studies Professor at Northwestern University writes an account of the Syrian conflict with a brief background history and accounts of Syrians whose lives have been forever changed by it. Told through countless interviews, Pearlman has structured a narrative of the war’s various stages told in a very personal way. Good reading.

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