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Further dispatches from Syria’s maelstrom

In an understated gem of a book, Marwa al-Sabouni, an architect from Homs, describes a country ripped apart. Foreign correspondents Janine di Giovanni and Charles Glass do the same.

16 April 2016

9:00 AM

16 April 2016

9:00 AM

The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria Janine di Giovanni

Bloomsbury, pp.224, £16.99, ISBN: 9781408851081

Syria Burning: A Short History of Catastrophe Charles Glass

Verso, pp.192, £8.99, ISBN: 9781784785161

The Battle for Home: The Memoir of a Syrian Architect Marwa al-Sabouni

Thames & Hudson, pp.208, £16.95, ISBN: 9780500343173

The mechanic, blinded in one eye by shrapnel, spent three days searching for his family in the destroyed buildings and broken streets of Darayya. Finally he found his father’s body in a farmhouse, alongside those of three boys, already starting to decay. ‘Can you tell me why they would kill an old man?’ he asked, before adding: ‘This is not my Syria.

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