Paolo Pellegrin, NYT Magazine
The only feature story ever published by The New York Times Magazine to occupy an entire issue is now hitting the film rights market with plenty of buzz behind it. FRACTURED LANDS: How the Arab World Came Apart by veteran war correspondent Scott Anderson has been captivating readers since its publication earlier this month – the product of some 18 months of reporting, according to the publication.
Fractured Lands tells the story of the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq 13 years ago, leading to the rise of ISIS and the global refugee crisis. The geography of this catastrophe is broad and its causes are many, but its consequences – war and uncertainty throughout the world – are all too familiar globally. Anderson’s story gives the reader a visceral sense of how it unfolded, through the eyes of six characters in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan.
Accompanying Anderson’s reporting are 10 portfolios by photographer Paolo Pellegrin as well as a landmark virtual-reality experience that embeds the viewer with the Iraqi fighting forces during the battle to retake Falluja. According to the The New York Times Magazine, the story, divided into five parts, is “one of the most clear-eyed, powerful, and human explanations of what has gone wrong in this region that you will ever read.”
Anderson is both a journalist and a novelist, with published books that include Triage, Moonlight Hotel, The Man Who Tried to Save the World, and War Zones. In addition to The New York Times Magazine, Anderson has contributed to GQ, Esquire, Men’s Journal, and Vanity Fair. In 2013, he made the National Book Critics Circle Award shortlist for Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor