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Writing on the edge : great contemporary writers on the front line of crisis / a book by Tom Craig ; photography by Tom Craig ; edited by Dan Crowe ; Martin Amis [and 13 others].

  • Craig, Tom
  • Books

About this work


An important book for anyone interested in global issues, Writing on the Edge features twelve essays that take the reader to countries in crisis. Award-winning writer Martin Amis experienced firsthand the problems of gang violence in Colombia, South America; New York Times bestselling author Tracy Chevalier focuses on the abuse of women in Burundi, East Africa; Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis writes of meeting children raised in war-torn Palestine; Booker Prize-winning author DBC Pierre addresses the unusually high incidence of mental health issues in Armenia. Award-winning photographer Tom Craig was commissioned by the humanitarian charity Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders to document the writers in these places in trouble. His striking photographs amplify the sense of compassion required while also demonstrating that beautiful humanity is the victim of tragedy. -- from publisher's description.


New York : Rizzoli ; Médecins sans frontières, 2010.

Physical description

266 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm


Published in association with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans frontières.


Introduction: slugs in a jar / Tom Craig -- Armenia: paradise lost / DBC Pierre -- Assam: the nowhere clans / Hari Kunzru -- Burundi: in another life / Tracy Chevalier -- Cambodia: the paradox of progress / Jim Crace -- Chad: the intolerable and the unbearable / A.A. Gill -- Cali, Columbia: the return of death / Martin Amis -- Congo-Brazzaville: quietly in hope / Joanne Harris -- Morocco: the pursuit of happiness / Ali Smith -- Palestine: how to manage the effects of a military attack / Daniel Day-Lewis -- Sierra Leone: cutting and tearing / by Minette Walters -- Sudan-Nuba: the geography of hope / Jon McGregor -- Uganda: the good doctors / Damon Galgut -- The Ukraine: are we leaving already? / Michel Faber -- Uzbekistan: disco shoes and a missing sea / Danny Boyle.


  • English

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  • 9780847832910
  • 0847832910