"In the tradition of Сара and Salgado, Salari's images are ones of close proximitw ever revealing a mastery of the black and white photographic form, where shades of grey unfold an alternative, humane and necessary narrative of beauty and sorrow."
Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for De Niro's Game
"This book deals with the phenomenon of collective trauma in a very sensitive way. Photographer Babak Safari has an extraordinary ability to capture his subjects' deep emotions, while he preserves their dignity. Diana Ivanova's text portrays the inner worlds and daily lives of Bulgarian Northwesterners toudlingfy and with great depth."
- Martin Dietrich Medical Doctor / Trauma Therapist
"...It makes me think of the visibility and invisibility of trauma... Is looking for a miracle another name for our hope, or is it an act of the healer/sorcerer/therapist on behalf of the suffering person and evidence of a community's will to survive? Or both?... Diana Ivanova's text is like a river - dense, fluid, multilayered and rich."