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The Resource A disappearance in Damascus : friendship and survival in the shadow of war, Deborah Campbell

A disappearance in Damascus : friendship and survival in the shadow of war, Deborah Campbell

Label
A disappearance in Damascus : friendship and survival in the shadow of war
Title
A disappearance in Damascus
Title remainder
friendship and survival in the shadow of war
Statement of responsibility
Deborah Campbell
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the midst of an unfolding international crisis, renowned journalist Deborah Campbell finds herself swept up in the mysterious disappearance of Ahlam, her guide and friend. Campbell's frank, personal account of a journey through fear and the triumph of friendship and courage is as riveting as it is illuminating. The story begins in 2007, when Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus to report on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria, following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. There she meets and hires Ahlam, a refugee working as a "fixer"--providing Western media with trustworthy information and contacts to help get the news out. Ahlam has fled her home in Iraq after being kidnapped while running a humanitarian center. She supports her husband and two children through her work with foreign journalists while setting up a makeshift school for displaced girls. Strong and charismatic, she has become an unofficial leader of the refugee community in Damascus. Campbell is inspired by Ahlam's determination to create something good amid so much suffering, and the two women become close friends. But one morning, Ahlam is seized from her home in front of Campbell's eyes. Haunted by the prospect that their work together has led to her friend's arrest, Campbell spends the months that follow desperately trying to find Ahlam--all the while fearing she could be next. The compelling story of two women caught up in the shadowy politics behind today's most searing conflict, A Disappearance in Damascus reminds us of the courage of those who risk their lives to bring us the world's news."
Summary
The true story of an amazing friendship between 2 women--the award-winning Canadian journalist Deborah Campbell and Ahlam, an Iraqi woman who worked as a "fixer" for Western media in Syria as it plunged into war.
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • BC Book Prizes, Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, 2017.
  • Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize, 2016.
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10541491
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 956.704/431
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a story of friendship and survival in the shadow of war
Label
A disappearance in Damascus : friendship and survival in the shadow of war, Deborah Campbell
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 336-241)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Exodus -- The fixer -- The apartment -- The death division -- A free bird -- Friendship -- Another country -- Ahlam's war -- A small triumph -- Assassins -- Damascus in winter -- These dark times -- The disappearance -- The cage -- Officialdom -- The fixer's fixer -- Alone together -- Ahlam's story, part one -- We accept everything -- Ahlam's story, part two -- Beirut -- The children -- Unexpected revelations -- Ahlam's story, part three -- Failure -- Ahlam's story, part four -- Adaptation -- Aftermath -- Exile
Control code
ocn967864656
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9781250147875
Lccn
2017027145
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)967864656
Label
A disappearance in Damascus : friendship and survival in the shadow of war, Deborah Campbell
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 336-241)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Exodus -- The fixer -- The apartment -- The death division -- A free bird -- Friendship -- Another country -- Ahlam's war -- A small triumph -- Assassins -- Damascus in winter -- These dark times -- The disappearance -- The cage -- Officialdom -- The fixer's fixer -- Alone together -- Ahlam's story, part one -- We accept everything -- Ahlam's story, part two -- Beirut -- The children -- Unexpected revelations -- Ahlam's story, part three -- Failure -- Ahlam's story, part four -- Adaptation -- Aftermath -- Exile
Control code
ocn967864656
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
341 pages
Isbn
9781250147875
Lccn
2017027145
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)967864656

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