È notte quando Haris Abadi si ritrova all’improvviso disteso per terra, a respirare polvere e fango, mentre mani sconosciute gli sfilano di tasca tutto, soldi, cartina, passaporto. Cittadino americano di origine irachena, con alle spalle una triste storia famigliare, Haris si trova in Turchia per attraversare il confine siriano e unirsi alla lotta contro il regime di Bashar al-Assad. Derubato di tutto, si vede quasi costretto a rinunciare all’impresa quando incontra Amir, un rifugiato siriano ed ex rivoluzionario che gli offre ospitalità e aiuto. Amir è sposato con Daphne, una donna di grande fascino ma incapace di nascondere come vorrebbe le sue inquietudini. Haris capisce subito che anche Daphne desidera disperatamente raggiungere la Siria. Ma questa consapevolezza porterà con sé nuovi, angoscianti dubbi: da che parte vuole davvero schierarsi, quella donna? Sarà possibile per entrambi ridare senso a una vita così sofferta?
Scritto con grande partecipazione e la consapevolezza di chi conosce profondamente il conflitto che racconta, Il buio al crocevia è un viaggio tra miserie umane e inattese opportunità, nel cuore oscuro di una guerra dove l’amore e l’orrore sembrano sorgere dalla stessa radice.
- ISBN: 8830448249
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 304
This was the only book from the National Book Award finalists for novel that I hadn't tried, so I sat and read this book this afternoon. It is about a man Haris, who is from Iraq, has achieved US citizenship, but is now trying to get into Syria from Turkey to fight against the regime. He ends up liv Leggi tutto
This is the first novelization I have read addressing the horror that is Syria today, and I would not have picked it if it hadn't been longlisted for the National Book Award. The author is a seasoned journalist as well as a former Marine, so his credentials are sound. He has managed to create a beli Leggi tutto
There are a lot of themes in this book: the pointlessness of war, guilt over life choices that affect others, grief, religion and morality. Sometimes trying to do the right thing leads you nowhere. In short, this is a rather depressing book. Considering the subject matter, though, I felt the book l
Dark at the Crossing is the story of Haris Abadi. As an Iraqi he helped the US during the Iraq War as a translator and became US citizen. Now, he wants to enter Syria to fight for the Free Army against Bashar Al-Assad. The novel plays out at the Turkish-Syrian border. Haris is robbed trying to cross Leggi tutto
A tragic and unsettling novel of the Syrian Civil War. The author, Elliot Ackerman, is a decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran with extensive combat experience in the Middle East, so I half-expected this book to include a glut of battlefield action. Instead it turned out to be an introspective drama t Leggi tutto
War unnerves people. And people raised in war-ravaged areas, from Bosnia and Serbia to America's inner-cities, often carry psychic scars. They've seen much — and often had to do much — in order to survive. That's the space Elliot Ackerman's "Dark at the Crossing" lives in. The novel's main character Leggi tutto
An Iraqi American attempts to cross into Syria to help fight in 2014, but the war isn't quite what he expected. He encounters a married couple who help him in his quest to cross, and the reader realizes nothing will ever be the same for these individuals who have been so deeply affected by war. you
I was disappointed that this novel did not provide enough insight into the current struggles in the middle east. The story was, for me, quite shallow and uninteresting.
With the exception of a few rough patches, this is a smooth, assured bit of writing. Amir's telling of The Story of Cause the Donkey is managed in language which is not very conversational, forcing the reader to hear Ackerman's voice instead of his character's. An earlier scene between Amir and Hari Leggi tutto
I can’t remember having read a novel about the war in Syria prior to Dark at the Crossing. That might have something to do with the books I choose to read or it might be that Syria and the horrors of the civil war and the rise of ISIS remains the province of non-fiction authors. Whatever the case Da Leggi tutto
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