Ulrika Mille, for SVT, November 11th, 2015
Samar Yazbek’s war story “The Crossing”, in a translation by Marie Anell, is written in a classical female war correspondent tradition, with forerunners such as Martha Gellhorn, Barbro Alving, Dorothy Parker and Marie Colvin – who was killed in a grenade attack in Homs, in Syria 2012.
Yazbek – who is a praised novelist and has written extensively television and film drama – skilfully depicts how people’s emotions are affected by war.
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