Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising

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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.

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Writing of this quality is rare, and"Syrian Notebooks"isa first-rate work of war reportage that may come to be seen as an indispensable pieceof 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"
"Syrian Notebooks" is Littell s raw, day-by-day account of his time shuttling between houses and conversing with members of the opposition deemed to be terrorists by the government and rarely given a voice in the West The book is not a sugar-coated portrayal of the alternative offered by those leading the armed rebellion. Although he is certainly sympathetic, Littell does not suffer from Stockholm syndrome, nor does he simply romanticize men with guns, as was common among those who embedded with US troops in Iraq.
Charles Davis, "Inter Press Service"
Littell s burning anger animates his book.
"The National"
His writings capture a beleaguered but defiant resistant movement "Syrian Notebooks" are immediate and vivid he has an eye for small, heartbreaking details.
"New Statesman"
Littell s writing is precise, forceful, and free of ego.
Hilary Plum, "Bookforum"
As a detailed testimony of a moment in history, Littell s account retains power and relevance.
"Oldie"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Writing of this quality is rare, andSyrian Notebooksisa first-rate work of war reportage that may come to be seen as an indispensable pieceof 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
Syrian Notebooks is Littell s raw, day-by-day account of his time shuttling between houses and conversing with members of the opposition deemed to be terrorists by the government and rarely given a voice in the West The book is not a sugar-coated portrayal of the alternative offered by those leading the armed rebellion. Although he is certainly sympathetic, Littell does not suffer from Stockholm syndrome, nor does he simply romanticize men with guns, as was common among those who embedded with US troops in Iraq.
Charles Davis, Inter Press Service
Littell s burning anger animates his book.
The National
His writings capture a beleaguered but defiant resistant movement Syrian Notebooks are immediate and vivid he has an eye for small, heartbreaking details.
New Statesman
Littell s writing is precise, forceful, and free of ego.
Hilary Plum, Bookforum
As a detailed testimony of a moment in history, Littell s account retains power and relevance.
Oldie

From the Hardcover edition."

"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

"Syrian Notebooks is Littell's raw, day-by-day account of his time shuttling between houses and conversing with members of the opposition deemed to be "terrorists" by the government and rarely given a voice in the West ... The book is not a sugar-coated portrayal of the alternative offered by those leading the armed rebellion. Although he is certainly sympathetic, Littell does not suffer from Stockholm syndrome, nor does he simply romanticize men with guns, as was common among those who embedded with US troops in Iraq."
--Charles Davis, Inter Press Service

"Littell's burning anger animates his book."
--The National

"His writings capture a beleaguered but defiant resistant movement ... Syrian Notebooks are immediate and vivid ... he has an eye for small, heartbreaking details."
--New Statesman

"Littell's writing is precise, forceful, and free of ego."
--Hilary Plum, Bookforum

"As a detailed testimony of a moment in history, Littell's account retains power and relevance."
--Oldie

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author:

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 Academie Francaise's Prix de Litterature. 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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