Breakup

Breakup A Reporter's Marriage Amid a Central African War

Hardback (11 May 2023)

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Publisher's Synopsis

An award-winning journalist courageously reveals the personal cost of war reporting, vividly recalling his dangerous assignment and confronting its devastating impact on his family.

After ten years reporting from central Africa, Anjan Sundaram is living a quiet life in Canada with his wife and new-born. But when preparations for genocide emerge in the Central African Republic, he is suddenly torn between his duty to his family, and his moral responsibility to expose the conflict.

Soon he is travelling through the CAR, driven by a possible spy-discovering ransacked villages and locals fleeing imminent massacre, fielding offers of mined gold, and hearing of soldiers who steal schoolbooks for cigarette paper. When he refuses to return home, journeying instead into a rebel stronghold, he learns that there is no going back to the life he has left behind.

Breakup illuminates the personal price paid by those bearing witness on the frontlines of humanitarian crimes across the globe. This brilliantly introspective, strikingly grounded account of perilous warzones and inner turmoil is sure to become a modern classic.

‘A riveting account of a country and a marriage falling apart. . . . Sundaram’s writing style is sparse and understated but pregnant with meaning, creating an atmosphere that is vivid and haunting.’ — The Telegraph

Book information

ISBN: 9781805260202
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Imprint: Hurst & Company
Pub date:
DEWEY: 070.4333092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 366g
Height: 148mm
Width: 224mm
Spine width: 25mm