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Echoes of Violence:
Letters from a War Reporter
Carolin Emcke

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"A compelling blend of narrative and analysis, description and reflection. . . . [Carolin Emcke's] passages about the limited but important role of journalists in war remind us of the need for someone to bear witness. Our role--difficult but not as difficult as hers--is to listen to the witness."--Lorien Kaye, The Age

"An erudite writer with a PhD in philosophy, Emcke is the thinking person's reporter. Her book is peppered with quotes from ancient and modern thinkers who have shaped her own understanding of the human condition. She combines gripping, dramatic stories with philosophical reflection on the nature of violence as she tries to make sense of human suffering."--Levon Sevunts, Montreal Gazette

"Emcke is to be applauded for the power of her writing, her commitment to the importance of ordinary people's suffering, and her honesty in laying out her thoughts and reactions for all to see.... Reading the book, it was not immediately apparent why it enjoys such stellar regard in Europe and the United States. This seems a remarkably ungenerous judgment to make about personal writing not intended to be read by strangers, that was produced as an attempt at catharsis and transcendence, that deals with appalling human suffering in our own time, and whose prose is clear and elegant. And it is most certainly a powerful and moving book."--Chris Nash, Australian Review of Public Affairs

"This is a fascinating text that raises crucial questions about the nature of war and suffering--and how journalists can best respond to them."--Richard Keeble, European Legacy

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