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Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisisby Dan Crowe
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Powerful essays by such luminaries and literary giants as Daniel Day-Lewis and Martin Amis offer a compassionate look at the crises that most affect our world today.
An important book for anyone interested in global issues, Writing on the Edge features twelve essays that take the reader to countries in crisis. Award-winning writer Martin Amis experienced firsthand the problems of gang violence in Colombia, South America; New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier focuses on the abuse of women in Burundi, East Africa; Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis writes of meeting children raised in war-torn Palestine; Booker Prize–winning author DBC Pierre addresses the unusually high incidence of mental health issues in Armenia. Award-winning photographer Tom Craig was commissioned by the humanitarian charity Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders to document the writers in these places in trouble. His striking photographs amplify the sense of compassion required while also demonstrating that beautiful humanity is the victim of tragedy.
Book News Annotation:
For this compelling book, fourteen writers (including Martin Amis and Daniel Day-Lewis) accompanied medical teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médicins Sans Frontières into some of the planet's most dangerous and troubled areas. Their essays from places such as Cambodia, Uganda, Palestine, the Colombian city of Cali, and Uzbekistan lend these crisis spots more reality than do the usual few lines in the newspaper or brief video clips on television news. Photographer Tom Craig accompanied all of the writers on their journeys, and his striking (and sometimes gut-wrenching) images are an essential companion to the text. Annotation Â©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Renowned photographer Tom Craig has been nominated three times for British Magazine photographer of the year. Dan Crowe is the founder of blazingword.com, the literary editor of Another Magazine, and the author of How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors (Rizzoli).
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