The Pigeon Wars of Damascus
By Marius Kociejowski
Pigeon Wars offers an outcast's tour of the post 9-11 clashes and challenges and changes refashioning the Middle East.
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.
"Kociejowski writes beautifully, weaving together his insightful personal portraits with richly suggestive stories from Islamic and Arab history ... An unusual, poetic, and thought-provoking introduction to Arab culture." --The Library Journal
Praise For Kociejowski's The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool
"It is a testament to the power of this superb book (destined, to my mind, to become a travel classic) that I felt, not despondency, but the same kind of elation as when, in the final chapter, we leave Sulayman crouched in front of a Kelvin digital temperature-controller, making gold." - Adam Thorpe, Times Literary Supplement.
"At the centre of Marius Kociejowski's superb The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool - with its collection of ideas regarding irony, satire, simplicity, idiocy, and madness - stands the Fool ... Kociejowski's book presents a challenge to western civilisation. It challenges the cult of logic and reason ... [It] offers a wonderful experience to those with an affinity for spiritual matters, those seeking a balance between mind and heart." - Books in Canada.
"The book indicates what a remarkable writer Kociejowski has become." - PN Review