The Impossible Revolution by Yassin Al-Haj Saleh, (Hurst: London), 2017, 256pp.
An English translation of ‘The Impossible Revolution: Making Sense of the Syrian Tragedy’ by Syrian Intellectual Yassin Al-Haj Saleh will be published by Hurst in July.
Saleh recounts in the book the devastating impact of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his family’s tyrannical rule on his country.
The Arabic version of the book was published earlier this year by the Arab Institution for Research and Publishing. The book comprises an introduction and materials written by the author between 2011 and 2016, with a foreword by Robin Yassin-Kassab.
The author, often described as the intellectual voice of the Syrian revolution, describes with detail and fervor the events that led to the uprising of 2011, the metamorphosis of the popular revolution into a regional war, and the “three monsters” Saleh sees as “treading on Syria’s corpse”: the Assad regime and its allies, ISIS and other jihadists, and the West.
Where conventional wisdom has it that Assad’s army is now battling religious fanatics for control of the country, Saleh argues that the emancipatory democratic mass movement that ignited the revolution still exists, though it is besieged on all sides.
Saleh, one of Syria's most famous thinkers, who now lives in exile, spent 16 years as a political prisoner during the 1980s and 1990s.
After the Syrian uprising in 2011 he published many books, including Culture as Politics: The Intellectuals and their Social Responsibility in the Time of the Monsters (2016), Salvation O Boys: 16 Years in Syrian prisons (2012) and Walking on One Leg (2011).