I had the fortune and opportunity to write a review of Samar Yazbek’s A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution for Syria Untold.
The author takes coffee with regime-loyal couples by day and revolutionaries by night. She interviews a student protestor, then an illiterate fisherman. Each speaks at their length. The latter tells her, “We want them to leave us alone so we can live our lives, nothing more than that.” The diary fills with places and dates, the sizes of demonstrations and the methods of their suppression, the initials of the surviving and the names of the dead. She fights insomnia with Xanax.
Check out the full review here.