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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307265587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307265586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Di Giovanni writes with sadness, love and generosity ... turned the harsh facts of a life full of extremity and chaos into a story of defiant elegance ..." -The Telegraph (UK)

"Emotional battles and how to survive them are the principal themes in Ms di Giovanni's beautifully written memoir ...Ghosts by Daylight is no misery memoir, but a powerful lesson. Two people can love each other deeply, have a child, but still, in the end, not make it together." -The Economist

"Di Giovanni has constructed this bitter and illuminating story with admirable artistry ..." -The Times (UK)

"A moving memoir...Ghosts by Daylight is a story infused with love. The book shows that seemingly unflappable war correspondents are human, just like the rest of us." -New York Journal of Books

"Di Giovanni is a graceful writer, blessed with the kind of lucid prose that might trick readers into imagining that penning a compelling memoir would be easy. Her skilfull blending of the lovely...with with the gritty gives her book a very authentic kind of texture" -Christian Science Monitor

“Everyone knows life in a war zone must be harrowing and soul-threatening, and that becoming a mother for the first time is deeply fulfilling, right? In her keen, passionate memoir, Janine Di Giovanni illuminates just how easily these two can be swapped.”
—Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
 
Ghosts by Daylight is a story infused with love: di Giovanni’s love of her job as a war correspondent, love of the one man who could frustrate, but also delight her, and unequivocal love of her son. The book also shows that seemingly invincible and unflappable war correspondents are human, just like the rest of us.”
—Phyllis Hanlon, New York Journal of Books
 
“In this sweeping memoir, di Giovanni offers a portrait of a love story abloom in wartime . . . [An] exotic tale of love gone awry.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“[A] beautifully written memoir about the pain of adjusting to normal life after being exposed to the intensity of battle . . . Ghosts by Daylight is no misery memoir, but a powerful lesson. Two people can love each other deeply, have a child, but still, in the end, not make it together.”
The Economist
 
“Di Giovanni writes with sadness, love and generosity about endings: about losing friends, colleagues, her father, her brother and her marriage. She is that unfashionable thing, a high romantic. Fortunately, she possesses a technique formidable enough to carry it off . . . [She has] turned the harsh facts of a life full of extremity and chaos into a story of defiant elegance”
—Jane Shilling, The Telegraph
 
“Janine di Giovanni writes with unblinking courage about war, death, marriage, motherhood, loss, love, redemption, fear—indeed, about all the world's most pressing risks and dangers. She has seen far more of life than the rest of us, so she knows more than we do—and yet she lays down her memoir with touching and deeply honest humility. Her writing here (as ever in her remarkable career) is a great and important achievement.”
—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love
 
“With a gripping narrative that spans much of the globe, Ghosts by Daylight captures poignantly the romance of the war correspondent’s life as well as its physical and psychological hardships. Di Giovanni’s is a lyrical tale, haunted and haunting, of a passionate love affair that comes apart under fire, both on assignment abroad and at home in the quiet of living room and kitchen. She's been in all the hot spots of our era, and has suffered the cruel consequences, but she triumphs in the end over pain and trauma to dwell in a newfound contentment of her own devising.”
—Amy Wilentz, author of The Rainy Season
 
“Only a writer as tender and intuitive as Janine di Giovanni can offer herself as a witness to some of the world’s most barbarous and nightmarish wars while also deconstructing the very private unraveling of a once-beautiful love story. Ghosts by Daylight, just like its author, is brave, heroically and elegantly told, and brutally honest.”
—Fatima Bhutto, author of Songs of Blood and Sword
 
“Janine di Giovanni has written a profound and beautiful book about the two great human struggles: love and war. That so much hope could shine through a story of such violence and destruction is testimony to the human spirit and, of course, the breathtaking clarity of Di Giovanni’s prose. It is a brilliant book about things that concern us all.”
—Sebastian Junger, author of War

About the Author

Janine Di Giovanni has won four major journalistic awards, including the National Magazine Award, and is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. She writes for the British, American, and French press, and has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Algeria, Gaza, the West Bank, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Pakistan, East Timor, Ivory Coast, Bosnia, Kosovo, Liberia, Somalia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
She is the author of Madness Visible, The Quick and the Dead, The Place at the End of the World, and of the introduction to the international best seller Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo. Two documentaries have been made about her life and work. In 2010, she was the president of the jury of the Prix Bayeux-Calvados for War Correspondents. She lives in Paris.

More About the Author

Janine di Giovanni is a writer for The Times of London and Vanity Fair, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, The Spectator, National Geographic and many others. She also writes columns and Op-Ed pieces for the Wall Street Journal, and the International Herald Tribune. She frequently lectures on human rights abuse around the world. One of the world's most respected and experienced reporters, she has vast experience covering war and conflict. Her reporting has been called "established, accomplished brilliance" and she has been cited as "the finest foreign correspondent of our generation".

Her latest book, Ghosts by Daylight: A Memoir of War and Love, will be published by Knopf on September 20th.

Born in the US, she began reporting by covering the first Palestinian intifada in the late 1980s and went on to report nearly every violent conflict since then. Her trademark has always been to write about the human cost of war, to attempt to give war a human face, and to work in conflict zones that the world's press has forgotten.

She continued writing about Bosnia long after most people forgot it. In 2000, she was one of the few foreign reporters to witness the fall of Grozny, Chechnya, and her depictions of the terror after the fall of the city won her several major awards. She has campaigned for stories from Africa to be given better coverage, and she has worked in Somalia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Benin, Burkino Faso, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Liberia, as well as Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, East Timor and Chechnya.

During the war in Kosovo, di Giovanni travelled with the Kosovo Liberation Army into occupied Kosovo and sustained a bombing raid on her unit which left many soldiers dead. Her article on that incident, and many of her other experiences during the Balkan Wars, "Madness Visible" for Vanity Fair (June 1999), won the National Magazine Award. It was later expanded into a book for Knopf/Bloomsbury, and has been called one of the best books ever written about war. Madness Visible has been optioned as a feature film by actress Julia Roberts production company, Revolution Films.

Di Giovanni has written several books: Ghosts by Daylight: A Memoir of War and Love; The Place at the End of the World: Essays from the Edge; Against the Stranger about the effect of occupations during the first intifada on both Palestinians and Israelis; The Quick and The Dead about the siege of Sarajevo, and the introduction to the best-selling Zlata's Diary about a child growing up in Sarajevo. Her work have been anthologized widely, including in The Best American Magazine Writing, 2000.

She has won four major awards, including the National Magazine Award, one of America's most prestigious prizes in journalism. She has won two Amnesty International Awards for Sierra Leone and Bosnia. And she has won Britain's Grenada Television's Foreign Correspondent of the Year for Chechnya. In 2010 she was the President of the Jury of the Prix Bayeux for War Correspondents.

She is one of the journalists featured in a documentary about women war reporters, Bearing Witness, a film by three-time Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple, which was shown at the Tribeca film festival and on the A&E network in May, 2005.

In 1993, she was the subject of another documentary about women war reporters, "No Man's Land" which followed her working in Sarajevo. She has also made two long format documentaries for the BBC. In 2000, she returned to Bosnia to make "Lessons from History," a report on five years of peace after the Dayton Accords. The following year she went to Jamaica to report on a little-known but tragic story of police assassinations of civilians, "Dead Men Tell No Tales." Both films were critically acclaimed.

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A page-turning, must-read!
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This book provides powerful insights into the effects of prolonged exposure to war on journalists and its consequences for their personal lives.
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A truly gripping love story, written with grace and disarming honesty.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bowler Book Club on September 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ghosts by Daylight is a beautifully written and moving account of the marriage breakdown of the author. The book traces her relationship with her husband from war zones around the globe and ends with their difficulty in adapting to life in Paris. I highly recommend this for anyone who is interested in the realities and consequences of life of a war journalist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By asiana VINE VOICE on December 31, 2011
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I'd looked forward to reading this book but was disappointed and was glad when I finally finished it. The author wrote very well about her experiences in former Yugoslavia and other war zones and that was the reason I wanted to read her newest book. However, the struggles in her personal life held no interest for me and I'm glad I didn't pay the full published price for it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sophie Philips on September 20, 2011
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A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the toll war reporting takes on the inner lives of those who venture out to shine light in dark places. Di Giovanni interweaves a personal account of her experiences at the front with an account of her relationship with the father of her child and their attempts to hold it together despite the ghosts of wars past. A spellbinding and beautiful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alba on September 20, 2011
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A truly gripping love story, written with grace and disarming honesty. `Ghosts by daylight' weaves seamlessly between Paris and the war-torn Balkans, between pregnancy and motherhood, between love found and love lost. It is also about how to live an ordinary life after having seen its darker sides and how to survive in the face of adversity. Janine di Giovanni's book is a profoundly moving and powerful memoir, a reminder that no witness of war can escape its insidious legacy. One of the best reads of 2011.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan on September 20, 2011
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Janine DiGiovanni continues to amaze with her insight, stories and remarkable talent for capturing the human element of conflict and her own personal stories. A stunning read which I highly recommend to anyone interested in war reporting, journalism, or just a tale of a life-lived in conflict reporting on those who need their stories told the most.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Jane Hawkes on October 17, 2011
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This book is a must-read for those interested in the real impact that frontline reporting has on journalists. Di Giovanni's story is poignant, told with great courage and staggering honesty.....I couldn't put it down.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Isabel Villavecchia on September 20, 2011
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I find Ghost by Daylight so special to read. The contrast and complexity of the feelings that Janine manage to transmit are of a great depth. I was completely bemuse by the passion of her love story but also the vulnerability of this love in their ordinary lifes. The fear of having a baby. The unresolved issues with a mother. The difficulties of creating a nest and a home in a new city. And the amazing complexity of how the war can affect a human being. So many experience!!!!!
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