Robin Yassin-Kassab, Leila al-Shami

Burning Country

Syrians in Revolution and War


In 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al-Assad. Today, much of Syria has become a warzone where foreign journalists find it almost impossible to report on life in this devastated land. Burning Country explores the horrific and complicated reality of life in present-day Syria with unprecedented detail and sophistication, drawing on new first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists among many others. These stories are expertly interwoven with a trenchant analysis of the brutalisation of the conflict and the militarisation of the uprising, of the rise of the Islamists and sectarian warfare, and the role of governments in Syria and elsewhere in exacerbating those violent processes.

With chapters focusing on ISIS and Islamism, regional geopolitics, the new grassroots revolutionary organisations, and the worst refugee crisis since World War Two, Burning Country is a vivid and groundbreaking look at a modern-day political and humanitarian nightmare.

Über die Autorin / über den Autor:

Robin Yassin-Kassab is a media commentator on Syria, and is the author of the acclaimed novel The Road from Damascus (Penguin). Leila al-Shami has worked with human rights movements in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Preis: CHF 26.90
Sprache: Englisch
Art: Broschiertes Buch
Erschienen: 2016
Verlag: Pluto Press
ISBN: 978-0-7453-3622-0
Masse: 262 S.