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In the shadows of war

Journalist Deborah Campbell recounts her attempts to locate a missing woman in Syria following the 2003 Iraq invasion

A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War

Deborah Campbell

Knopf Canada

B.C. AUTHOR Deborah Campbell, a self-styled “immersive journalist” who has published in Harper’s, The Walrus, and elsewhere, sees it as her goal to “bridge the gap between the readers of magazines I write for … and people in troubled places who such readers would never otherwise meet.” She is less interested in the individuals who supposedly make history than in “the ordinary people who have to live it.” Her new book, A Disappearance in Damascus, is an absorbing testament to how successful that approach can be when undertaken by a sympathetic, informed, and committed investigator. It offers a detailed, personal look at the consequences of disruptive global events on the individuals most affected by them.

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