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Marwan Hisham

A deeply personal account of life under ISIS in Syria, Marwan Hisham’s stirring memoir is co-written and illustrated by the acclaimed artist and journalist Molly Crabapple. BROTHERS OF THE GUN is the successor to Hisham and Crabapple’s award-winning illustrated collaborations for Vanity Fair.

BROTHERS OF THE GUN reveals how the Syrian tragedy unfolded, for both individuals and a society. The titular are Marwan, Nael, and Tareq, three young, working-class men coming of age during the worst war of the 21st century whose lives offer a ground level reflection on the Syrian revolution – from the ecstasy of the Arab Spring to the on-the-ground cataclysm of western bombing campaigns and ISIS’s occupation, to the crisis of refugees surging out of the country and into fresh dangers.

Marwan Hisham is a Syrian freelance journalist who started his career in 2014 covering Syria, Iraq and Turkey. His work has been published in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, the Intercept, and Foreign Policy.

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. She has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria and received widespread praise for her illustrated memoir DRAWING BLOOD (HarperCollins, 2015). Crabapple is a contributing editor for Vice, and has written for publications including the New York Times, the Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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