Marius Kociejowski follows up his now classic The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool with The Pigeon Wars of Damascus. A metaphysical journalist in search of echoes rather than analogies, hints as opposed to verities, Kociejowski discovers once again at the periphery of Damascene society—for the outcast is often made of the very thing that rejects him—a way to understand the challenges and changes refashioning post-9/11 Syria and the Middle East, reminding us once again of the deeper purpose of travel: to absorb and understand the spirit of a place, and to return changed.
“The Pigeon Wars of Damascus is a fascinating and at times challenging book that reminds us, ‘We cannot feed on the picturesque alone.’ —The Winnipeg Review
“…fulfills its promise to amuse and amaze, but breaks with the belles-lettres tradition of failing to inform—National Post
“Writing with a Proustian appreciation of meaning, Kociejowski allows himself detours through random alleys of thought and reflection, seemingly the ideal travel companion for long walks and unexpected connections.”—The Rover
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