Join Nation Books author Alia Malek at The Half King in New York City on Monday, March 13th for a discussion of her book The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria. Malek will be interviewed by journalist and veteran war correspondent Scott Anderson.
In The Home that Was My Country, Syrian-American journalist Alia Malek chronicles her return to her family home in Damascus and the history of the Tahaan apartment building. In narrating the stories of generation after generation of her family as they, their neighbors, and their friends come and go from the building, Malek portrays the Syrians — the Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians, and Kurds — who lived, worked, loved, and suffered in close quarters, mirroring the political shifts in their country.
During the Arab Spring, Malek returned to Syria to reclaim her grandmother’s apartment, which had been lost to them since 1970 when Hafez al Assad came to power. As she restores her family’s home, she learns how to speak the coded language of oppression that exists in a dictatorship, while privately confronting her own fears about Syria’s future.
This deeply researched, personal journey sheds more light on Syrian history, society, and politics than any war reporting ever could. Bristling with insights, The Home that Was My Country weaves acute political analysis with intimate family history, ultimately delivering an unforgettable portrait of the Syria that is being erased, day by day.
Alia Malek is an award-winning journalist and civil rights lawyer. She is the author of A Country Called Amreeka and editor of Patriot Acts and EUROPA. Her reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, and more.
Scott Anderson is a war correspondent and novelist who has covered foreign conflicts on five continents over the past two decades. A contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, his work has also appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Harper’s, Outside, Men’s Journal and many other publications.
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|Start:||March 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM|
|End:||November 30, -1 at 12:00 AM|
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