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Brothers of the gun : a memoir of the Syrian War / Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple ; illustrations by Molly Crabapple.

Author/creator Hisham, Marwan author.
Other author/creatorCrabapple, Molly, illustrator.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst edition.
Publication Info New York : One World, [2018]
Copyright Notice ©2018
Descriptionx, 300 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Coke does the trick -- Religious exile -- Welcome, spring -- My revolution -- Romance of the streets -- The masterpiece -- Winter is coming -- Dynamics of powder and bullets -- New dawn -- Jasmine -- Tareq, it was never an easy life -- Oh brothers -- The de-facto capital -- Jihadis don't tip -- Abu Mujahid's prosthetic dick -- Of bright dresses -- iPhone snapshots and bombs -- Al-Nuri Mosque -- Why, uncle? -- The merciless jungle I missed -- The Aleppo of yesterday -- The days that would never have been -- I am a murtad -- Getting the fuck out of Raqqa -- Hevalen -- al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar -- A Russian feast -- Journalist and stuff -- Epilogue: Goodbye.
Abstract "A bracingly immediate memoir by a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, Brothers of the Gun is an intimate lens on the century's bloodiest conflict and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom. In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends--fellow working-class college students Nael and Tareq--joined the first protests of the Arab Spring in Syria, in response to a recent massacre. Arm-in-arm they marched, poured Coca-Cola into one another's eyes to blunt the effects of tear gas, ran from the security forces, and cursed the country's president, Bashar al-Assad. It was ecstasy. A long-bottled revolution was finally erupting, and freedom from a brutal dictator seemed, at last, imminent. Five years later, the three young friends were scattered: one now an Islamist revolutionary, another dead at the hands of government soldiers, and the last, Marwan, now a journalist in Turkish exile, trying to find a way back to a homeland reduced to rubble. [This book] is the story of a young man coming of age during the Syrian war, from its inception to the present. Marwan watched from the rooftops as regime warplanes bombed soldiers; as revolutionary activist groups, for a few dreamy days, spray-painted hope on Raqqa; as his friends died or threw in their lot with Islamist fighters. He became a journalist by courageously tweeting out news from a city under siege by ISIS, the Russians, and the Americans all at once. He watched the country that ran through his veins--the country that held his hopes, dreams, and fears--be destroyed in front of him, and eventually joined the relentless stream of refugees risking their lives to escape. Illustrated with more than eighty ink drawings by Molly Crabapple that bring to life the beauty and chaos, Brothers of the Gun offers a ground-level reflection on the Syrian revolution--and how it bled into international catastrophe and global war. This is a story of pragmatism and idealism, impossible violence and repression, and, even in the midst of war, profound acts of courage, creativity, and hope."--Jacket.
Genre/formNonfiction.
Genre/formAutobiographies.
Genre/formBiography.
Genre/formHistory.
Genre/formPersonal narratives.
Genre/formAutobiographies.
Genre/formPersonal narratives.
LCCN 2017058673
ISBN9780399590627
ISBN0399590625
ISBN(ebook)

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Joyner General Stacks DS98.72 .H57 A3 2018 ✔ Available Place Hold

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