My House In Damascus - Diana Darke (Paperback)

An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis

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This is the true story of re-building a beautiful Damascene house and a chronicle of a country where many dreams are being shattered. In My House in Damascus Diana Darke reveals the Syria that lies behind our daily headlines.

Product Details

Barcode
9781908323996
Department
Books
Released
15 Aug 2015
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Diana Darke
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
HAUS PUBLISHING
Language
English
Number of Pages
282
Dimensions
198 x 125 x 25mm (227g)

Summary

How did Syria&;s revolution reach this its current boiling point? And what&;s next? This updated edition of My House in Damascus offers an insider&;s view on these questions and the darker recesses of Syria&;s history, politics, and society.

Diana Darke, a fluent Arabic speaker who moved to Damascus in 2004 after decades of regular visits, details how the Assad regime, and its relationship to the people, differs from the regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya&;and why it was thus always less likely to collapse quickly, even in the face of widespread unrest and violence. Through the author&;s firsthand experiences of buying and restoring a house in the old city of Damascus, which she later offered as a sanctuary to friends, Darke presents a clear picture of the realities of life on the ground and what hope there is for Syria&;s future. Including additional material on topics like the advance of the Islamic State, as well as a new epilogue describing the current turmoil surrounding her house and the refugees she tried to help, this edition of My House in Damascus powerfully documents the human cost of the ongoing civil war.

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General Subject
Current & World Affairs
BISAC Subject 1
History / Revolutionary
BISAC Subject 2
History / Military / Other
BISAC Subject 3
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
BISAC Subject 4
History / Middle East / General
BIC Classification 1
Social & cultural history
BIC Classification 2
Memoirs
Library Subject 1
Syria - History - Civil War, 2011-
Library Subject 2
Darke, Diana - Homes and haunts - Syria - Damascus
Dewey Classification
956.91042

Author Bio

Diana Darke has specialised in the Middle East for over thirty years, living and working in a range of Arab countries. She is well known as an authority on Syria, contributing to the Guardian, the Financial Times and the BBC's From Our Own Correspondent.