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Beah, Ishmael 1980-

Overview
Works: 45 works in 272 publications in 22 languages and 10,953 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Personal narratives  Autobiographies  Fiction  Historical fiction  Children's films  Juvenile works  Animated films  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author, Narrator
Classifications: PS3602.E2417, 966.404
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Most widely held works by Ishmael Beah
Radiance of tomorrow : [a novel] by Ishmael Beah( Book )

32 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 2,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way Gone When Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to the top of bestseller lists, becoming an instant classic: a harrowing account of Sierra Leone's civil war and the fate of child soldiers that "everyone in the world should read" (The Washington Post). Now Beah, whom Dave Eggers has called "arguably the most read African writer in contemporary literature," has returned with his first novel, an affecting, tender parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone. At the center of Radiance of Tomorrow are Benjamin and Bockarie, two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers, but they're beset by obstacles: a scarcity of food; a rash of murders, thievery, rape, and retaliation; and the depredations of a foreign mining company intent on sullying the town's water supply and blocking its paths with electric wires. As Benjamin and Bockarie search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike. With the gentle lyricism of a dream and the moral clarity of a fable, Radiance of Tomorrow is a powerful novel about preserving what means the most to us, even in uncertain times"--
They fight like soldiers, they die like children : the global quest to eradicate the use of child soldiers by Roméo Dallaire( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the proliferation of child-soldier use throughout the world as well as international efforts to end the practice
Radiance of tomorrow : a novel by Ishmael Beah( Recording )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Longtime friends Benjamin and Bockarie return to their hometown, Imperi, after a devastating civil war. The village is in ruins, the ground covered in bones. As more villagers begin to come back, Benjamin and Bockarie try to forge a new community by taking up their former posts as teachers. But they're beset by obstacles. As they search for a way to restore order, they're forced to reckon with the uncertainty of their past and future alike
Un largo camino : memorias de un niño soldado by Ishmael Beah( Book )

36 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in 11 languages and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare. Beah's harrowing journey transforms him overnight from a child enthralled by American hip-hop music and dance to an internal refugee bereft of family, wandering from village to village in a country grown deeply divided by the indiscriminate atrocities of unruly, sociopathic rebel and army forces. Beah then finds himself in the armyin a drug-filled life of casual mass slaughter that lasts until he is 15, when he's brought to a rehabilitation center sponsored by UNICEF and partnering NGOs. The process marks out Beah as a gifted spokesman for the center's work after his "repatriation" to civilian life in the capital, where he lives with his family and a distant uncle. When the war finally engulfs the capital, it sends 17-year-old Beah fleeing again, this time to the U.S., where he now lives
Bling( Visual )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Travel to war-torn Sierra Leone in West Africa, where hip-hop celebrities meet the victims of the blood diamond industry, and learn the connection between hip-hop and the victims of the blood diamond industry
A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier by Ishmael Beah( Book )

34 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ishmail Beahs (f. 1980) erindringer fra tre år som børnesoldat under Sierra Leones borgerkrig i 1990'erne
Fambul Tok by Libby Hoffman( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Using ceremonies rooted in tradition, truth-telling bonfires and traditional cleansing, Fambul Tok ('Family Talk') emerged in Sierra Leone as a unique community-owned program bringing together perpetrators and victims of the violence in Sierra Leone's eleven-year civil war to talk, heal, and chart a new path forward, together. This book takes us by the hand to experience this extraordinary journey of reconciliation, one that offers new insights and an original model for peacemaking to the rest of the world. The book includes an extensive chronology and bibliography and documents from the peace process."--Page 4 of cover
Rückkehr ins Leben : ich war Kindersoldat by Ishmael Beah( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in German and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der autobiografische Bericht des ehemaligen Kindersoldaten Ishmael Beah aus Sierra Leone, der heute in den Vereinigten Staaten lebt, beginnt mit seiner Kindheit in Sierra Leone. Ishmael ist ein fröhlicher Junge, der Hip-Hop liebt und Shakespeare liest. Im Alter von 12 Jahren macht er sich mit ein paar Freunden auf den Weg zu einem Hip-Hop-Wettbewerb, als unerwartet der Bürgerkrieg ausbricht. Ganz abrupt wird das normale Leben beendet. Ishmael versucht während längerer Zeit mit anderen Kindern alleine im Urwald zu überleben, bis er von Truppen der nationalen Armee zum Kindersoldaten gemacht wird. In den folgenden drei Jahren wird er Zeuge von Folter und Mord und begeht selbst Grausamkeiten. Dank eines Rehabilitationscamps von UNICEF findet er als einer von wenigen trotz traumatischer Erlebnisse den Weg zurück ins normale Leben. Das Buch zeigt nicht nur die schreckliche Zeit als Kindersoldat, sondern wirft einen Blick auf Ishmaels Kindheit und erzählt von seinem Leben nach dem Krieg. Einerseits erhält der Leser einen Einblick in Ishmaels damaliges Denken und Fühlen, andererseits fliesst immer auch seine heutige rückblickende und verarbeitende Sichtweise ein. Diese beiden Perspektiven tragen wesentlich zum Verständnis eines Geschehens bei, in dem Ishmael zugleich Opfer und Täter ist. Er geht mit seinen Erfahrungen offen um; daher werden Grausamkeiten detailliert geschildert und die Gewaltdarstellungen sind brutal und oftmals unfassbar. Das persönliche Schicksal des ums Überleben kämpfenden Jungen steht im Zentrum, die politische Situation wird nicht kommentiert. Dies widerspiegelt die damalige Situation von Ishmael, der selbst nicht genau über die Gründe des Krieges und über ideologische Differenzen Bescheid wusste. Eine Zeittafel und eine Landkarte ergänzen den Bericht. (Verlagstext)
Memoirs of a boy soldier by Ishmael Beah( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A first-person account, told by a 25-year-old veteran of the Sierra Leone conflict, this title is a heartbreaking, honest and important memoir about the horrors of war and the lost innocence of the youthful combatants
A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier by Ishmael Beah( Recording )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My new friends have begun to suspect I haven?t told them the full story of my life. "Why did you leave Sierra Leone?" "Because there is a war." "You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?" "Yes, all the time." "Cool." I smile a little. "You should tell us about it sometime." "Yes, sometime." This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. In A LONG WAY GONE, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he?d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty. "In clear, accessible language by a young writer with a gifted literary voice, this memoir seems destined to become a classic firsthand account of war and the ongoing plight of child soldiers in conflicts worldwide."?Publishers Weekly, starred review
War and children : a reference handbook by Kendra E Dupuy( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Growing up in the context of war : the impact of armed conflict on children and young people -- The recruitment and roles of children and young people in fighting forces -- The disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of young ex-combatants -- After the war : war-affected young people in post-conflict environments -- Appendix 1: Biographies -- Appendix 2: Key documents -- Chronology -- Glossary
Regime change ; A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier ; The Lee Hamilton commentaries : "There's still much room for improvement in Congress" ; The Lee Hamilton commentaries : "Time for a course correction." by Robert Litwak( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program #810: "A long way gone: memoirs of a boy soldier. At age 12 he was a normal, music-loving boy. Two years later he was a bitter war veteran who had killed more people than he could count. Ishmael Beah was also one of more than 300,000 child soldiers worldwide who have been forced into the world's most savage wars. In this program Beah describes his ordeal and the rehabilitation that saved his life"--Track sheet
Lång väg hem en barnsoldats berättelse by Ishmael Beah( Recording )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in Swedish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Freedom : stories by the world's most accomplished writers on the Declaration of Human Rights( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which starts memorably with Article 1: We are all born free and equal, Freedom is an enthralling anthology of short stories"--Provided by the publisher
Das Leuchten von Morgen : Roman by Ishmael Beah( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

En bedre dag i morgen en barnesoldat forteller by Ishmael Beah( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in Norwegian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ishmael Beah var bare 12 år gammel da han rømte fra landsbyen sin i Sierra Leone for å unnslippe opprørere. Han ble stilt overfor et brutalt valg: Bli med som soldat i regjeringshæren, eller dra ut i bushen, der opprørerne venter for å drepe deg. Dette er hans selvbiografi om de rystende opplevelsene som barnesoldat, men historien handler også om veien tilbake til et normalt liv
Zhang lu man man : Yi ge tong bing de hui yi = A long way gone by Ishmael Beah( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in Chinese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu shi yi bu pi lu xue xing zhan zheng cui can ping min bai xing ri chang sheng huo,Bing ji tian zhen wu xie er tong dai lai ju da zai nan de zuo pin.Zuo zhe jiang dang nian jing li yi yi ju shi xie xia,Yi guo lai ren shen fen zi su zao yu,Cheng xian le di yi shou xun xi
Den lange vandring : en drengesoldats erindringer by Ishmael Beah( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in Danish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uzaklara giden yol by Ishmael Beah( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in Turkish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Lång väg hem - En pojksoldats berättelse by Ishmael Beah( Recording )

1 edition published in 2008 in Swedish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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They fight like soldiers, they die like children : the global quest to eradicate the use of child soldiers
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Un largo camino : memorias de un niño soldadoA long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldierFambul TokMemoirs of a boy soldierA long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldierWar and children : a reference handbookLång väg hem en barnsoldats berättelseFreedom : stories by the world's most accomplished writers on the Declaration of Human Rights
Alternative Names
Beah, I. 1980-

Beah, Ismael 1980-

Bīh, Išmāʾīl 1980-

Ishmael Beah écrivain sierra-léonais

Ishmael Beah escritor sierraleonés

Ishmael Beah schrijver uit Sierra Leone

Ishmael Beah scrittore sierraleonese

Ishmael Beah sierra-leonischer Autor

Ishmael Beah sierraleonelainen kirjailija

Ishmael Beah sierraleonsk författare

Ishmael Beah sierraleonsk skribent

Isŭmael Pea

Бих, Ишмаэль

إسماعيل بيه

إسماعيل بيه كاتب سيراليوني

베아, 이스마엘 1980-

이스마엘 베아

イシメール・ベア

ベア, I

ベア, イシメール

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