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Writing on the Edge: Great Contemporary Writers on the Front Line of Crisis [Hardcover]

Dan Crowe , Tom Craig
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20 May 2010
This title features powerfully written essays by such luminaries and literary giants as Martin Amis and Daniel Day-Lewis which provide a moving and informative look at critical issues around the world.

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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (20 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847832910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847832910
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 17 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Penned by some of the biggest names in contemporary writing, the 14 chapters of Writing On The Edge tell as harrowing a collection of tales as it's possible to imagine - and not a word is fiction.
The writers, including Martin Amis. Michel Faber, Ali Smith and Hari Kunzru, all travelled to the godforsaken places where Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) carries out essential medical work.
The writers' unblinking responses to the tragedies that pass for everyday life in places such as Palestine, Chad, Burundi and Congo-Brazzaville are filled with unforgettable images.'
--Metro, June 2, 2010

'While we are never far from fashion's front line, Vogue photographer Tom Craig has been working further afield. At the launch of his book Writing on the Edge at the Royal Society of Medicine, he was joined by director Danny Boyle, writers Martin Amis, AA Gill and Ali Smith-all of whom had travelled with Tom to some of the world's troublespots to report on the work of Médecins Sans Frontières.'
--Vogue, August 2010

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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5.0 out of 5 stars a witness document that never preaches 22 May 2010
this is an extradordinary book. Both as a testament to M.S.F and as a lucid, moving, document about forgotten and ravaged places. It never preaches, instead it is full of seeing. Using images, all taken by Tom Craig whose photographs are humane but uncompromising. And words, from a list of impressive writers and artists and this project has brought out the best in all of them. One of those books i want to give to friends and just say 'READ NOW'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 21 May 2010
This book began out of the photographer Tom Craig's desire to "do something" about the places he was visiting: places across the globe, each of which has at some time been described as "the worst place in the world". Everywhere he visited he found Médecins Sans Frontières - not doing politics, or trying to influence the conduct or course of whatever crisis they were in the middle of, but simply looking after single souls, one at a time, whose lives have been torn apart by the events surrounding them.
It isn't possible to bear witness to these things and not want to help, and returning from one such assignment Craig came up with an idea. What if he searched out the very best contemporary writers and took them to witness these places for themselves and then write about them?
This is a staggering book and a very special tribute to the unceasing work of Médecins Sans Frontières. Highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars A visually stunning, inspiring and moving book 17 Jun 2010
This book is gorgeous. Right from the words in Tom Craig's beautiful, heart-felt introduction you know this is a winner.

The pictures are incredible, each vividly telling a story - and although they portray haunting subjects Tom's use of light makes each picture almost glow. Anyone interested in photography should certainly buy this book!

Its a book just to sink into; its thought-provoking, draws you into other world's and people's lives, and its incredibly well written with every chapter by a great writer. The words and pictures draw you quickly through the book.

I often pick it up, and each time notice something else about one of the images. And reading it makes you realize how lucky many of us in comparison to so many people living on the edge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tenacity of Humanity 18 Jun 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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5.0 out of 5 stars review of Writing on the Edge 16 Jun 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 20 Sep 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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