The New York Times best-selling author of The Bookseller of Kabul paints a stunning and intimate portrait of Baghdad under siegeFrom January until April 2003-for one hundred and one days-Asne Seierstad worked as a reporter in Bagdad for Scandinavian, German, and Dutch media. Through her articles and live television coverage she reported on the events in Iraq before, during, and after the attacks by the American and British forces.But Seierstad was after a story far less obvious than the military invasion. From the moment she arrived in Baghdad Seierstad was determined to understand the modern secrets of an ancient place and to find out how the Iraqi people really live.In A Hundred and One Days, she introduces us to daily life under the constant threat of attack-first from the Iraqi government and later from American bombs. Moving from the deafening silence of life under Hussein to the explosions that destroyed the power supply, the water supply, and security, Seierstad sets out to discover: What happens to people when the dam bursts? What do they choose to say when they can suddenly say what they like? What do they miss most when their world changes overnight?Displaying the novelist's eye and lyrical storytelling that have won her awards around the world, Seierstad here brings to life an unforgettable cast of characters to tell the stories we never see on the evening news. The only woman in the world to cover both the fall of Kabul in 2001 and the bombings of Baghdad in 2003, Asne Seierstad has redefined war reporting with her mesmerizing book.
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Asne Seierstad (born 1970) has worked as a war correspondent in Russia, China, Kosovo and Iraq. Two weeks after 9/11 she went to Afghanistan and reported on the conflict for various Scandinavian papers and TV. She has received numerous awards in Norway for her journalism.From AudioFile:
Josephine Bailey masterfully presents a reporter's view of life in Baghdad during the first months of 2003. The voice she gives to the author is precisely what one would imagine her to sound like, and her other characterizations are also well done. Author Åsne Seierstad, a journalist based in Norway, reports for various Scandinavian, German, and Dutch media. She is the author of the widely acclaimed BOOKSELLER OF KABUL, about the war in Afghanistan. Presenting voices of Iraqis of all ages and a host of foreign nationals, Bailey delivers a vivid portrait of life in a war zone. M.L.C. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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