What caused the war in Syria? How did a once beautiful country turn from its tolerant past, with churches and mosques built side by side, to its current state of violence and displacement?
This is the eyewitness account of Marwa al-Sabouni, a young architect based in war-torn Homs. Revealing the country's bitter conflict through the lens of architecture and writing with clarity, conviction and deep intelligence, she shares her personal experience of how the built environment directly affects the community that inhabits it, how the stage for civil war has long been set in her country, and how architecture might play a role in reversing the damage.
This compelling and timely book reveals uncomfortable truths and asks important questions. Ultimately, the author offers hope, as she provides insights into ways of rebuilding a proud country and a much-needed sense of identity.
'An angry and personal memoir'
'Marwa al-Sabouni writes with clarity and conviction'
'An understated gem of a book … gripping'
'The moving record of one person’s effort to stay loyal to her homeland, at a time of great suffering and personal distress. It tells a painful and tragic story. But it is also the expression of a beautiful soul, who comes to us out of a confused and dreadful battle with a message of hope'