Brothers Of The Gun : A Memoir of the Syrian War
by Molly Crabapple
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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An immediate bracingly of memory by a young man of the age during the Syrian War, the Brothers of the Firearm is an intimate lens on the bloodiest conflict century and a profound meditation on kinship, home, and freedom.”This powerful memory, bright with Molly Crabapple’s extraordinary art, constitutes a rare lens through which one can see a region in deadly conflict”–Bryan Stevenson, author of Only Mercy In 2011, Marwan Hisham and his two friends, Nael and Tareq students college-working-class colleagues–joined the first Arab Spring demonstrations in Syria, in response to a recent massacreArms in arms, they marched, poured Coca-Cola in the eyes to mitigate the effects of tear gas, ran security forces, and cursed the country’s president, Bashar al-AssadIt was the ecstasyA long-bottle revolution finally erupted, and freedom from a brutal dictator seemed, finally, imminentFive years later, the three young friends were scattered: one now a revolutionary Islamist, another dead in the hands of government soldiers, and the last, Marwan, now a Turkish journalist, in exile, trying to find a way back to a rubbled homeland.Marwan was there for the first-hand testimony and document on the Syrian War, from its creation to today.He looked at the roofs that the plane regime bombed soldiers; as revolutionary groups of activists, for a few days of dream, sprayed with hope in Raqqa; that his friends died or cast their spell with Islamist fightersHe became a journalist by courageously tweeting news from a city besieged by ISIS, the Russians and Americans, all at onceHe saw the countries running in his veins: the country that held his hopes, dreams and fearsbeing destroyed in front of him, and finally joined the uninterrupted stream of refugees risking their lives, to escapeIllustrated with over eighty Molly Crabapple ink drawings that bring life, beauty and chaos, the Brothers of the Torch offers a reflection at the ground level on t
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