Sunday, December 20, 2015

Levant Fever: True stories from Syria's underground by Wajdy Mustafa

True stories from Syria's underground
“An incredible and touching read…”
Available in paperback and eBook here

True stories from Syria's underground

Levant Fever is a memoir of the Syria underground seen through the eyes of a boy growing into a man, in the middle of feverish historic events, not widely understood and told before in the West, but at the roots of the current  conflict headlines. 

Levant Fever is an essential and fascinating read for anyone wishing to understand the current Middle Eastern politico culture. The narrative grips the reader with its honesty, brutality and beauty.  The author describes the historical context of present day Syria and Lebanon through the oral history and legends of the Levant, his own reflections and life stories told to him whilst he was held without trial for many years, as a political prisoner.

The narrative grips the reader with its honesty, brutality and beauty.  The author describes his own journey, reflections and life stories told to him whilst he was held without trial for 14 years, as a political prisoner in several prisons including Palmyra, dubbed by Amnesty International as the most oppressive prison in the world.

The work is an enthralling and informative, neutrally recorded mosaic reflecting the colors, sects, religions, politics, prejudices and geography of the region.  The journey spans the areas deserts, coastline, mountains and forests. It speaks of family, friendship, love, hope, fear, torture, hiding and escaping.  A truly human tale of a life well lived, a life of conscience, courage and endurance and ultimately one of triumph of the human spirit.

Biography
Wajdy Mustafa was born in Tartous, Syria in 1960.  A long time campaigning writer for social, democratic and human rights in Syria, he was imprisoned without trial for 14 years.  Despite torture and solitary confinement, Wajdy continued to find ways to express and campaign for his belief in truth and justice.  He has written and published political texts worked as a journalist; written two published books and several screenplays and TV series. In 2009 he was forced to seek Political Asylum in Austria, before relocating to the US in 2011. He was for a few years involved with the Syrian National Council coalition. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.
True stories from Syria's underground
“An incredible and touching read…”
Available in paperback and eBook here

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