We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman

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Read We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria Online Free - Reminiscent of the work of Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, an astonishing collection of intimate wartime testimonies and poetic fragments from a cross-section of Syrians whose lives have been transformed by revolution, war, and flight.

Against the backdrop of the wave of demonstrations known as the Arab Spring, in 2011 hundreds of thousands of Syrians took to the streets demanding freedom, democracy and human rights. The government’s ferocious response, and the refusal of the demonstrators to back down, sparked a brutal civil war that over the past five years has escalated into the worst humanitarian catastrophe of our times.

Yet despite all the reporting, the video, and the wrenching photography, the stories of ordinary Syrians remain unheard, while the stories told about them have been distorted by broad brush dread and political expediency. This fierce and poignant collection changes that. 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.

Title : We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria
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ISBN : 0062654454
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Rachel rated it ★★★★★

May 22, 2017

This book can be difficult to read, but it's so powerful. Pearlman interviewed over 300 Syrian refugees over four years and compiles their stories in this book. If you want to better understand the conflict in Syria, this book is excellent. (Note: I'm interviewing Pearlman about this book and wil...

Murtaza rated it ★★★★★

May 26, 2017

This is a set of one hundred or so vignettes narrated by Syrians, talking about their own experiences before, during and after the Syrian Revolution. Syria was a country of 22 million people and anyone who lived through these incredible events will have personal stories like these, which are by t...

William rated it ★★★★★

April 23, 2017

I am an elected official in a city that was designated as a resettlement community for Syrian refugees last year. To say this was a contentious issue for some people would be more than an understatement. While many community members got to work preparing to welcome our new neighbors, others react...

Ann rated it ★★★★★

June 05, 2017

This book should be required reading for everyone.

Thing Two rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2017

Wow. If you've been near me the past few days, I've undoubtedly talked to you about this piece. Wendy Pearlman collected the interviews from hundreds of Syrian refugees. Under eight headings like "Hope Dissappointed" and "Living War", Pearlman extracts pieces -sentences, paragraphs, pages - and gr...

Raven rated it ★★★★★

August 04, 2017

This book is heartbreaking. I believe this is an important global novel that should be read by all. To hear the voices of Syrians through the translations of Wendy Pearlman brings their tragedy to a place where I can connect. We have so much turmoil and hate in this world that I'm ashamed to say...

Jackie rated it ★★★★★

June 22, 2017

Heartbreakingly powerful first-hand accounts of trying to survive the Assad regime, ISIS, the chemical attacks, the war in Aleppo, the Arab Spring, and the refugee plight for aid. The news does no justice to these voices.

Alanna rated it ★★★★★

August 17, 2017

I picked this up at random while browsing the shelves at the library, and now I want to tell everyone I know to read this book. For the past few years I've been trying to understand the situation in Syria. The more news stories I read, the more confused I was about my own opinions on the conflict....

Megan rated it ★★★★★

July 29, 2017

How amazing to be able to read the stories of so many Syrians all in one book. We need to listen to these voices. This is far from an easy read (cw: graphic descriptions of abuse, torture, and many other horrible things), but it is important to read these stories, and bring human voices to the co...

Kaitlyn rated it ★★★★★

July 17, 2017

Everyone needs to read this book. Pearlman interviewed over 300 Syrians and their stories need to be heard.

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