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The Vanishing

The Twilight of Christianity in the Middle East

Janine di Giovanni

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Bloomsbury
01 November 2021
'A tragic portrait of a disappearing world, created with passion and literary grace' SALMAN RUSHDIE 'Profoundly moving' MARK TULLY

The Vanishing reveals the plight and possible extinction of Christian communities across Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine after 2,000 years in their historical homeland.

Some of the countries that first nurtured and characterized Christianity - along the North African Coast, on the Euphrates and across the Middle East and Arabia - are the ones in which it is likely to first go extinct. Christians are already vanishing. We are past the tipping point, now tilted toward the end of Christianity in its historical homeland. Christians have fled the lands where their prophets wandered, where Jesus Christ preached, where the great Doctors and hierarchs of the early church established the doctrinal norms that would last millennia.

From Syria to Egypt, the cities of northern Iraq to the Gaza Strip, ancient communities, the birthplaces of prophets and saints, are losing any living connection to the religion that once was such a characteristic feature of their social and cultural lives.

In The Vanishing, Janine di Giovanni has combined astonishing journalistic work to discover the last traces of small, hardy communities where ancient rituals are quietly preserved amid 360 degree threats. Full of faith and hope, di Giovanni's riveting personal stories make a unique act of pre-archeology: the last chance to visit the living religion before all that will be left are the stones of the past.
By:   Janine di Giovanni
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   412g
ISBN:   9781526625847
ISBN 10:   1526625849
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 November 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Janine di Giovanni is a journalist and author, and Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She has won more than a dozen prizes, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Blake Dodd Prize; her other awards include the National Magazine Award, two Amnesty International Prizes and the prestigious Courage in Journalism Prize. She is the author of nine books; her most recent, The Morning They Came for Us, was translated into 30 languages and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Award. She lives in Manhattan with her son. janinedigiovanni.com

Reviews for The Vanishing: The Twilight of Christianity in the Middle East

A tragic portrait of a disappearing world, created with all of the great Janine di Giovanni's passion and literary grace -- Salman Rushdie Janine di Giovanni is a humane and persistent witness who knows when to stand out of the way, has a unique ability to be both unflinching and tender and, most importantly, never forgets that war is always a human tragedy. And because the story of Arab Christians is also the story of the Arab Middle East, the book is a record of the painfully fractured region, the consequences of war and foreign intrusion, of which its peoples, of all faiths, but particularly its minorities, have suffered most -- Hisham Matar Profoundly moving -- Mark Tully Praise for Janine di Giovanni: It is crucial to reveal the human stories behind the news - and Janine di Giovanni does this with heartbreaking eloquence -- Elif Shafak * Financial Times * Like the work of the Belarussian Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich, Ms. di Giovanni's book gives voice to ordinary people living through a dark time in history * New York Times * Such reporters as Giovanni, who not only visit but also live (and often die) through wars not their own, are heroic -- Robin Yassin-Kassab * Guardian * Few writers can match her evocations of individual suffering in wartime * Newsweek * Compelling reportage at its best * Economist * Janine di Giovanni has described war in a way that almost makes me think it never needs to be described again -- Sebastian Junger Read this book and you may begin to understand what war looks and feels like * Spectator * 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 ... Her writing here (as ever in her remarkable career) is a great and important achievement -- Elizabeth Gilbert Janine di Giovanni is a humane and persistent witness who knows when to stand out of the way, has a unique ability to be both unflinching and tender and, most importantly, never forgets that war is always a human tragedy. And because the story of Arab Christians is also the story of the Arab Middle East, the book is a record of the painfully fractured region, the consequences of war and foreign intrusion, of which its peoples, of all faiths, but particularly its minorities, have suffered most -- Hisham Matar


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