Jonathan Littell’s novel The Kindly Ones was awarded the Prix Goncourt. He has done humanitarian work in Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

NYR DAILY

What Happened in Homs

The aftermath of a car bomb in Homs, Syria, April 9, 2014

When the photographer Mani and I arrived in Homs, in mid-January 2012, the Syrian revolution was reaching the end of its first year. In the city and the surrounding towns, the people were gathering daily to demonstrate. They still believed that song, dance, slogans, and prayer were stronger than fear and bullets. They were wrong, of course.