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“Many interviewed here cling to hope. Others have fallen into despair.” Review: Voices from Syria by Wendy Pearlman

This compelling book tells the story of the last six years of the Syrian conflict through the voices of anti-Assad activists

By Sameer Rahim   August 2017

We Crossed a Bridge and it Trembled: Voices From Syria by Wendy Pearlman (Custom House, £18.99)

The Syrian conflict is often seen as being so complicated that it is beyond analysis. But at heart it is a simple story: protestors inspired by the Arab Spring took to the streets against a corrupt dictatorship; when the regime turned violent, so did the rebels, and from there the current disaster spooled.

This compelling book tells the story of the last six years through the voices of anti-Assad activists, interviewed in Arabic by academic…

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