Behind the Glass Wall

An unprecedented glimpse into the strange and remarkable inner workings of the United NationsBefore he was invited to become the United Nations first writer in residence, Aleksandar Hemon had a complicated relationship with the institution, whose image was tainted by the UN Protection Forces delinquent and disgraceful presence in the Bosnian War. And yet he also understood that without the UN, without the very idea of it, the crimes against Bosnians couldn t be perceived as crimes against all humanity. By the time Hemon had finished his residency at the United Nations he and the Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael were invited into the iconic New York City headquarters and given access to the secretary-general, the General Assembly, and the Security Council his relationship with the institution was even more complicated. In Behind the Glass Wall, Hemon shows us an essential...

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