WE CROSSED A BRIDGE AND IT TREMBLED Voices From Syria Wendy Pearlman Custom House/HarperCollins Publishers 290 pages; $24.99 THE HOME THAT WAS OUR COUNTRY A Memoir of Syria Alia Malek Nation Books 334 pages; $27.99 “I lived in a country where dying was taught to us from childhood,” the writer Svetlana Alexievich said in her 2015 Nobel Prize acceptance speech. “We were taught death.” Alexievich was speaking of Belarus, where she grew up and where, during World War II, 2.2 million people died — ...
Lives among the ruins
Books review of 'We crossed a bridge and it trembled' and The home that was our country'
Eiza Griswold | NYT Last Updated at July 24, 2017 04:50 IST