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My Country: A Syrian Memoir

My Country: A Syrian Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Eid, Kassem
Introduction by di Giovanni, Janine

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An unforgettable memoir of growing up in Syria under al-Assad's regime, surviving a gas attack, and rallying worldwide support to break the siege of cities across the country, with a foreword by Janine di Giovanni Born to Palestinian refugees, Kassem Eid grew up in the small town... of Moadamiya on the outskirts of the ancient city of Damascus. The streets that he and his many siblings played on were perfumed with jasmine. A precocious child, he excelled at school, and had a natural gift for languages. But it didn't take long for Kassem to realise that he was treated differently at school because of his family's resistance to the brutal government regime. When Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father in 2000, hopes that he would ease its severity were swiftly crushed. When the 2011 Arab Spring protests in Syria were met with extreme violence, it was yet another blow - and as Kassem reached young adulthood, life in Syria became increasingly precarious, as the country spiralled into civil war. Then, on 21 August 2013, Kassem nearly died in a sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians. Later that day, he would pick up a gun for the first time, to join the Free Syrian Army as they fought government forces. For Kassem, this marked the moment that he and his country changed forever. A searing account of oppression, war, survival and escape, My Country is both a brave and deeply felt memoir of one man's life, as well as a compelling indictment of a world that turned its face away as a nation fell apart.
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ISBN 9781408895122
Released NZ 1 Aug 2018
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781408895122
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Released 1 Aug 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Eid, Kassem
Introduction by di Giovanni, Janine
Category Biography & Autobiography
True Stories: War / Combat / Elite Forces
Revolutions & Coups
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Dewey Code 956.910423092
Weight 248g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress True war & combat stories, Revolutions, uprisings, rebellions, Biography & Autobiography - Personal Memoirs, History - Middle East - General, Memoirs
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade