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Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisis

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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 prob
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Hardcover, 276 pages
Published April 20th 2010 by Rizzoli (first published 2010)
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Tuck
this is incredibly good and makes for a permanent lump in your throat.

these short essays should be required reading for all bombers and drone pilots, the prez obama, high school students etc. even martin amis' is a superb glance at fairly unspeakable conditions for folks to be trying to live in and with. The Amis essay is about Cali and is just mad-max insane with worm infested barefoot poor folks armed to the teeth and not afraid to shoot. What difference does it make? and hey, you might get a
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The second new book to shed a light into rarely seen corners of the world, is ‘Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisis.’ from art house Rizzoli. In this book, assembled by award-winning photographer Tom Craig and edited by Dan Crowe, a host of established authors report on a world that also often escapes the public eye; environments and regions where the people have fallen victim to the onslaught of uncontrolled military conflict, disease epidemics, rampant ma ...more
Colin N.
Excellent photojournalism rendered in beautiful and horrific photos of refugee camps and war-torn regions where Doctors without Borders operates, paired with essays from skilled authors describing their experiences in these places. Tragic and incrediblly sad. Made more-so by the fact that I had never even heard of many of these places. After awhile the tragedy becomes almost interchangeable as similar violence is committed on behalf of one group against another. A damning condemnation of violenc ...more
Gavin
Documentary photographer Tom Craig invited authors to join him on journeys to medical outposst set up by Doctors Without Borders. Author like Jim Crace, Tracy Chevalier, Hari Kunzru, Ali Smith and many others. The essays are short, direct and often heartrending, the photos are beautiful and disturbing.
Peter
An interesting look at the work of Doctors without Borders.
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