Tous les jours, Mary est tout près de son époux, à l'hôpital. Tous les jours depuis trois ans, après son retour d'Irak. Eden est inconscient, et ses blessures ne guériront pas. Personne ne sait plus
comment l'appeler, sauf elle : c'est son mari, et il est toujours en vie. Leur fille, qu'Eden n'a pas eu le temps de connaître, grandit dans cet hôpital où Mary attend avec patience et détermination un changement. Un jour, en son absence, Eden semble trouver un moyen de reprendre contact avec
le monde extérieur. Dès lors, c'est Mary seule qui aura la responsabilité d'interpréter ces signaux et de prendre des décisions, ramenée tout d'un coup face à certaines vérités troublantes sur leur mariage.
A Vintage Shorts Original Selection
“Why do some forms of violence--the beheading of journalists by the Islamic State, a bombing in Ankara, or the attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando--make us feel so threatened, while other forms--the 372 separate mass shootings in America in 2015 or the 4,219 Syrians killed that same September--do little to challenge our sense of safety?”
From his base in Istanbul, Elliot Ackerman has written letters and essays that explore how global and seemingly remote issues like terrorism, US foreign policy, and other geopolitical forces play out and wreak distress upon the quotidian lives of civilians. Here assembled into a haunting piece, the fragments of a year’s notes open a window into life under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s oppressive and nationalistic right-wing regime, the civil war in Syria, and the disintegration of the old order in the Middle-East.
Exposing how a pervasive rhetoric of fear can shape a society and written with intimacy and a tremendous amount of compassion, this is an astute political commentary and first-person travel narrative par excellence.
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“Transports readers into a world few Americans know” --Washington Post
“Promises to be one of the most essential books of 2017” --Esquire
A timely new novel of stunning humanity and tension: a contemporary love story set on the Turkish border with Syria.
Haris Abadi is a man in search of a cause. An Arab American with a conflicted past, he is now in Turkey, attempting to cross into Syria and join the fight against Bashar al-Assad's regime. But he is robbed before he can make it, and is taken in by Amir, a charismatic Syrian refugee and former revolutionary, and Amir's wife, Daphne, a sophisticated beauty haunted by grief. As it becomes clear that Daphne is also desperate to return to Syria, Haris's choices become ever more wrenching: Whose side is he really on? Is he a true radical or simply an idealist? And will he be able to bring meaning to a life of increasing frustration and helplessness? Told with compassion and a deft hand, Dark at the Crossing is an exploration of loss, of second chances, and of why we choose to believe--a trenchantly observed novel of raw urgency and power.
Aziz and his older brother Ali live in a village amid the pine forests and endless mountains of eastern Afghanistan. There is no school, but their mother teaches them to read and write, and once a month sends the boys on a two-day journey to the bazaar. They are poor, but inside their mud-walled home, the family has stability, love, and routine.
When a convoy of armed men arrives in the village one day, their parents disappear and their world is shattered. In order to survive Aziz must join the Special Lashkar, a US-funded militia always hungry for Afghan recruits. No longer a boy, but not yet a man, he departs for the untamed border. Trapped in a conflict both savage and entirely contrived, Aziz struggles to understand his place. Will he embrace the brutality of war or leave it behind, and risk placing his brother - and a young woman he comes to love - in jeopardy?
Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, and has written a gripping, morally complex debut novel, an astonishing feat of empathy and imagination about boys caught in a deadly conflict.
"Harrowing, brutal, and utterly absorbing . . . Ackerman has spun a morally complex tale of revenge, loyalty, and brotherly love." - Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner
"Haunting . . . Powerful . . . a bone-deep understanding of the toll that a seemingly endless war has taken on ordinary Afghans." - New York Times
"As good a book as you"re likely to find on men at war. It is full of insight, compassion, and extraordinarily beautiful writing. I could not recommend this novel more highly." - Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds
"What makes Green on Blue so brilliantly poignant is Elliot Ackerman"s feeling of empathy, his ability to get under his characters" skin, reminding us not only of our vast differences but of our shared humanity." - Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran