Book Presentation: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage


Boštjan Videmšek will be presenting his new work Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage at The Hague Humanity Hub on Wednesday September 25th at 17:00 in an event organised by the Slovenian Embassy. Peter Heintze, coordinator of KUNO, the Platform for Humanitarian Knowledge Exchange in the Netherlands, will be moderating the conversation.

Videmšek recently took part in an event at the New York bookstore McNally Jackson in which he said his book “aimed to ruin the reader’s day” through awakening in them a sense of shame and guilt. Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity contains in-depth reportage on some of the most defining issues of our time, namely the global refugee crisis, the conflicts displacing these masses of humanity, and the causes behind them. In facing up to these dialogues with commitment, expertise, and a profound humanism, Videmšek and his work will engender at Wednesday’s event a conversation which promises to be both fascinating and valuable. To book your place at the event or to learn more about it, please click here.

Praise for Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage:

“Boštjan Videmšek is much more than one of the leading journalists and reporters of his generation: in his texts, he artfully combines direct witnessing to today’s conflicts (mixing with refugees, etc.) with the profound reflection on the global context of such events.  His new book Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity: A Book of Reportage is an absolute gem – hopefully not a hidden one – and a must read for anybody who simply wants to find his or her way in today’s global mess. The deep engagement of his writing makes Videmšek a kind of living fossil: they simply do not produce journalists and non-fiction writers like him anymore. Read his book and you will not only see new unknown aspects of our reality, you will also see the reality you thought you know well in a new way.”

Slavoj Žižek

“This chronicle of the brutal underside of globalization is a bloody valentine to the golden era of the foreign correspondent. Videmšek’s lucid prose provides a sombre reminder of the power of committed journalism, whose final flame flares brightest in his hands against the tide of online hype, commercial tripe, and “fake news” unleashed by the new captains of media. He takes the reader to places they may not want to go but need to see if they are to get a sense of the contemporary pathologies of xenophobia, capitalism, and war. The prose is unembellished and unsparing: there is no promise of hope to sugar-coat the suffering described here, only a gesture toward the common humanity invoked by sharing the pain that vibrates through every page. The book is essential reading for any university lecturer, undergraduate or graduate student in humanities and social sciences.”

Zala Volcic, Monash University, Australia

“Only very few us has the courage and the talent to look human kind straight in the eye and tell the story of real people when human kind is reducing its own story to statistics and figures. And even fewer tell the stories of tragedies in the way that celebrates the resilience and the joy of being a human. Bostjan does exactly that in this book and creates a symphony of pain and hope.”

Ece Temelkuran

To purchase the text, learn more, or to read a preview: click here.

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