A Woman in the Crossfire

Diaries of the Syrian Revolution

by Samar Yazbek and Max Weiss

A Woman in the Crossfire

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Diaries of the Syrian Revolution
Samar Yazbek and Max Weiss

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A journalist's account of the Syrian uprising describes her role in an opposition group, encounters with authorities, life with her daughter underground, observations of early demonstrations and escape to Europe.

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A corrective to Lesch's and Seale's regime-friendly books, Yazbek's diaries document the fear and brutality experienced by Assad's opponents. A novelist born into the ruling Alawite clan, Yazbek was arrested and threatened with torture after publishing accounts of the government crackdown on opponents in the spring of 2011. If her prose is sometimes overwrought, so was her situation. As the The Guardian

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