Joakim Zander Remembers His Youthful Syrian Sojourn

March 27, 2015 3:13 PM

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Joakim Zander Remembers His Youthful Syrian Sojourn

The Swedish author of ‘The Swimmer’ spent almost a year in Syria as a teenager. Part of him never left

I WAS 15 IN 1990 when my father left his civilian job to take a position as a military observer for the United Nations in Syria. When we first discussed it around the kitchen table, the move felt like a dream, an adventure of unimaginable scope. I had grown up in a tiny Swedish town where nobody eve...

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