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With love and fury: the Syrian writers proving there’s more than one war story

Despite the international community's lacklustre response, Syrians are responding to the destruction of their country resiliently—and with desperate black humour

By Robin Yassin-Kassab   October 2018

Protest under fire: an illustration from Marwan Hisham’s memoir. Illustrations: Molly Crabapple

“Syrians. I hated the deceptive simplicity of that word. We were 23 million people. Soldiers and fighters. Revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries. The torturer and the victim. How could one word encompass us all?”

—Marwan Hisham

Syria’s democratic revolution is defeated, the country destroyed, and what follows will not resemble peace. Assad’s throne has been saved, but at the price of Syrian social cohesion and regional stability. Secondary and tertiary conflicts now bloom—Sunni-Shia, Turkish-Kurdish, Israeli-Iranian—while refugee flows and terror…

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