April 11, 2011 § 1 Comment
Some while back I heard Dave Eggers talk to Mariella Frostrup about his novel ‘Zeitoun’ on BBC Radio 4. ‘Zeitoun’ is the story of a Syrian-American survivor of Hurricane Katrina who found himself arrested as a suspected Al-Qaeda member while helping other victims of the disaster. Not only did the interview make me want to read the book, but it also made me want to learn more about Eggers and his work. In the interview he spoke about ‘Voice of Witness’ and I thought of Sophie straight away. Just the name of the website and the discussion of Zeitoun made me think that this might be a model of ‘ethical witnessing’ Sophie would be interested in.
This is their ‘MISSION’
‘Voice of Witness is a nonprofit book series that empowers those most closely affected by contemporary social injustice. Using oral history as a foundation, the series depicts human rights crises around the world through the stories of the men and women who experience them.’ I have since read ‘Zeitoun’ and ‘What is the What’ and am eager to read anything else. I really think this is an incredible project and wish I could be part of it in some way. I see they are calling for Columbian Spanish speakers to help translate but sadly I am can’t do that… So I will for now continue to make my way through the Voice of Witness/Dave Eggers catalogue.
LINKS Link to Eggers interview with Mariella Frostrup http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rl4zl
Video of Valentino Achak Deng talking about ‘What is the What?’