We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled

We Crossed A Bridge and It Trembled

Voices From Syria

Book - 2017
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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.
ISBN: 9780062654618
Branch Call Number: 956.9104 P316
Characteristics: liii, 290 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 14, 2019

"A Syrian citizen is a number. Dreaming is not allowed."-Fadi
Northwestern professor and Arabic speaker Wendy Pearlman interviewed dozens of Syrians from various walks of life and professions, all of whose lives have been devastated by the war in Syria, which has taken countless civilian lives and led to a major refuge crisis. The accounts are heartbreaking, as is the world's seeming indifference or inability to negotiate a peace or remove Bashar al-Assad, the president who treats the country as his private fiefdom and done incalculable damage to his people. For more on the history and various sides in the conflict, journalist Sam Dagher's "Assad or We Burn the Country" is an excellent and intense overview.
"We're basically the living dead."-Sham

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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