Destination Paradise: Among the Jihadists of the Maldives (Paperback)

Destination Paradise: Among the Jihadists of the Maldives By Francesca Borri, Anne Milano Appel (Translated by) Cover Image

Destination Paradise: Among the Jihadists of the Maldives (Paperback)


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A breathtaking work of political reportage steeped in a deep understanding of the roots of Islamist terrorism.

Western tourists are not always aware that the Maldives, a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean, is a Muslim country, or that the Republic of Maldives is the non-Arab country with the world's highest number of foreign fighters per capita. Despite being considered a luxury tourist destination, the Maldives is in fact one of the most over-populated countries, devastated by poverty, social segregation, heroin, and criminality. Tourists living in one tiny bright enclave, the people in the vast darkness. All the wealth coming from tourism is concentrated in the hands of a few businessmen who collude with the despotic government. The Maldives is a fertile breeding ground for ISIS, which enlists more of its foreign fighters per capita from there than anywhere else. Francesca Borri spent time with them, and with their families and friends, all of whom are drivers, waiters, cleaners in tourist resorts. And she let them speak.

As she writes, "While the rest of the world watched the Olympics, everyone here was watching the battle of Aleppo. And rooting for al-Qaeda."
FRANCESCA BORRI was born in Bari, Italy. She initially worked as a human rights adviser in the Middle East, especially in Israel and Palestine, before turning to journalism in 2012 to cover the battle for Aleppo. Since then, her dispatches have been translated into 21 languages. Five years and 500,000 deaths later, she still lives in Syria and Iraq, and in between one ceasefire and the next, she writes about Palestinians for Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel's main newspaper. She is the author of Syrian Dust (Seven Stories Press, 2016). 

ANNE MILANO APPEL was awarded the Italian Prose in Translation Award (2015), the John Florio Prize for Italian Translation (2013) and the Northern California Book Award for Translation-Fiction (2014, 2013). She has translated works by Claudio Magris, Primo Levi, Paolo Giordano, Andrea Canobbio, Giuseppe Catozzella, Roberto Saviano, and numerous others.
Product Details ISBN: 9781609808433
ISBN-10: 1609808436
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication Date: November 13th, 2018
Pages: 176
Language: English