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Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisis Hardcover – April 20, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0847832910 ISBN-10: 0847832910

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847832910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847832910
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In the collection Writing On the Edge, fourteen esteemed writers chronicle their travels with MSF teams through countries in crisis. Accompanied by Tom Craig's photographs, Martin Amis, Tracy Chevalier, Daniel Day Lewis and others take readers into rarely seen reaches of Colombia, Burundi, Gaza, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and elsewhere." ~The Huffington Post

"These art works, in their artistry and complexity of thought, start conversations, whereas most non-professional images and texts have the more straightforward task of delivering “subjectified” information. This is why a book like Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisis, which was created by photographer Tom Craig in conjunction with Médecins Sans Frontières, is an important anthology." ~The Last Magazine

"An important book with an unblinking view of global issues, Writing on the Edge features fourteen essays that take the reader on a harrowing tour of countries in crisis...These powerful stories, accompanied by Tom Craig’s moving photographs make an impact on the reader that will not soon be forgotten." ~PhotographyBlog.com

"So it is with the stories and photos here which take the reader into some of the world’s most persistent agony zones... To compile this panorama of suffering, photographer Tom Craig took with him some of the world’s most eloquent writers and asked each to put into words the specific situations his photos could only hint at... Craig’s 100 color pictures are both riveting and heartbreaking.. The spotlight is always on the downtrodden. In the end, the book suggests, the only sure victory is in the trying, in not turning away." ~Foreword

"Of course, reporting thusly is only the beginning, albeit an important one, as we cannot attempt to fix that which the world cannot or does not want to see. And from the perspective of these writers and researchers, there are few people or organizations that have much, beyond a sense of service, to gain in revealing these often intentionally obscured sights. But merely for that alone, we should be grateful for those who do." ~BlogOnBooks.com

About the Author

Renowned photographer Tom Craig has been nominated three times for British Magazine photographer of the year. Dan Crowe is the founder of blazingword.com, the literary editor of Another Magazine, and the author of How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors (Rizzoli).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ilona K. Gebhard on June 18, 2010
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An excellent but somewhat depressing read. The essays highlights the worldwide work of Medecines sans Frontiers (Doctors without Borders). The writers document the struggles and strengths of people coping with poverty, lack of education, and the lack of resources, all through no fault of the own. The accompaning photos makes the text come to life by personalizing the people and the events. The book, while a tribute to MSF, can be read on several levels, such as the universal struggle against life's oppressions, the damaging of people due to war, the resilence of many when adversity strikes, and the hopes and desires of people to survive.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. OrtmanWelch on June 16, 2010
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Wonderful book- a must read for everyone- written by those who see and deal with third world issues from their personal point of view. As one who believes everyone should live in a third world country at some point in their lives to understand how very blessed we are to live in the U.S., this book can give you the next best thing to being there.
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By S. Tetz on September 19, 2011
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This book is fantastic, it doesn't embellish or play on creating guilt; it merely tells stories in matter of fact ways. The reality is that it doesn't need to do any more, because the stories are powerful on their own. The images superbly capture the story the writes convey. I've purchased this book at least five times just so others have the chance to read it and pass it along. Its a waste to have it lying on a shelf.
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