Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village (Paperback)
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Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village (Paperback)

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Published: 15/04/2010
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James Maskalyk set out for the contested border town of Abyei, Sudan, in 2007. The newest Médicins Sans Frontières' doctor in the field, he arrived with only his training, full of desire to understand this most desperate part of the world.

He returned home six months later profoundly affected by the experience. Six Months in Sudan is an illuminating and affecting account of saving lives in one of the most harrowing and dangerous places on Earth.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781847672766
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 20 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Gripping and humane . . . brave and intelligent. - Ned Denny, Daily Mail

Honest and fluently written . . . An absorbing insight into international medicine. - Financial Times

Carefully crafted, often poetic, always deliberate . . . a visceral account. - Mary Crockett, The Scotsman

A moving, sometimes beautifully written, account of a young doctor's time in the Sudanese town of Abeyi . . . The book is very well written and consequently easy to read, despite the subject matter. Thejuxtaposition of the blog entries and the text works particularly well . . . The book serves as a timely reminder that saving people's lives is worth doing, even in a recession. We are also saving ourselves. - Padraig Carmody, Irish Times

Six Months is Sudan is a wrenchingly heartbreaking account of distant agonies almost too pointed to grasp. Learning about Maskalyk's work there is stirring, but the real miracle is this book paints a picture so precisely and vividly that it becomes impossible to look away. This is Maskalyk's accomplishment, and his gift to the Sudanese and to us. The shame of our indifference retreats before his exhortation: 'learn, and understand,' and perhaps a more bearable future becomes possible for all of us. - Kevin Patterson

This journey is beautifully told in sharp beats, and lyrical notes. It is the voyage of a young doctor out into a hard world, and deep within his own heart. - Vincent Lam

Maskalyk's soft prose is beautiful and invites with the right intimate details. He offers a rare window on the inner life of an aid worker, on what it means to be a humanitarian around the hard edges of war, and on the certain drive to go on. Why? Because in his words, `hope not only meets despair in equal measure, it drowns it.' - James Orbinski

Visceral and immediate . . . As medical literature this book excels; as an insight into that exhilarating, life changing step into chaos his account can hardly be bettered. - Jonathan Kaplan, British Medical Journal

Through a narrative both personal and provocative, Maskalyk succeeds in animating the quotidien struggles of life in Sudan in ways news reports never will - 'for those who think life is too short, come to Abyei.' - Peter Geoghegan, Sunday Business Post

Searingly unwrapped the truth about serving as a medecin sans frontiers. I quote from it almost every week, for its profound truthfulness. - Sheena McDonald, Sunday Herald

Heartbreaking scenes are recounted with searing honesty and without a trace of self-satisfaction or self-congratulation . . . although the situation was depressingly sad, and at times he despaired, it was also a privilege for him to be involved, he says. It is a privilege for us to read about that involvement. - Irish Times

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