by Lara Marlowe
The Irish Times bestseller 'A gripping tale of savagery and courage, of history in the making, intertwined with rich personal reminiscences' Noam Chomsky 'Part biography, part autobiography, part love story and part a forceful condemnation of war, this is a fascinating and captivating book' Irish Times 'This is a portrait of a couple bound in a lovesong, which like all such songs confronts the vagaries of leaving, longing and loss' Colum McCann 'A beautiful book... Full of pain and longing but also joy, adventure, and excitement' Janine di Giovanni 'A superb account of the life and work of the best reporter I have ever known' Patrick Cockburn When Lara Marlowe met Robert Fisk in 1983 in Damascus, he was already a famous war correspondent. She was a young American reporter who would become a renowned journalist in her own right. For the next twenty years, they were lovers, husband and wife and friends, occasionally angry and estranged from one another, but ultimately reconciled. They learned from each other and from the people in the ruined world they reported from: Lebanon, torn apart by a vicious civil war as well as Israeli and Syrian occupations; Iran, where they were the only journalists to interview the Middle East's chief hostage-taker and dispatcher of suicide bombers; the Islamist revolt that claimed up to 200,000 lives in Algeria; the disintegration of former Yugoslavia and two US-led wars on Iraq. They survived encounters with murderous gunmen; sheltered together under bombardment in Beirut, Belgrade and Baghdad. Through all this they loved and respected each other, though their marriage eventually failed, partly under the pressure of work. Even after they separated, they remained friends and wrote and spoke to each other with affection. This is at once a portrait of a remarkable man by a woman who loved him, the story of a Middle East broken by its own divisions and outside powers, and a moving account of a relationship in dark times.
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Date of Publication: 04/11/2022