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...

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...

Ann rated it ★★★★★

June 05, 2017

This book should be required reading for everyone.

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.

Vivek rated it ★★★★★

October 28, 2017

It isn’t easy to write a book about ordinary people. It isn’t easy to make their voices heard, no matter what and when people who write such books and give us a chance to read it, it means a lot, to me. “We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria” by Wendy Pearlman is one such book wh...

Muhammad rated it ★★★★★

September 21, 2017

I couldn't recommend Wendy Pearlman's extraordinary "We Crossed the Bridge and it Trembled" highly enough. The book lets Syrians narrate their own revolution and lets you experience its initial hopes & prospects & its subsequent trials & betrayals. If this weren't an unflinching colle...

Alesa rated it ★★★★★

September 03, 2017

Despite trying my best to follow developments in the Middle East, I have not had a clear understanding of the Syrian issue. This book does a fantastic job of explaining the history of the Assad regime, the revolution, civil war and refugee crisis in the first section. Then the author interviews o...

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