A Map of Hope is a unique collection of writings - poems, essays, memoirs and brief histories - from women all over the world expressing their experience of war, torture and violence, their defiance and resistance, and the fight for justice. The terrible consequences of war are vividly recounted in recollections of life in Bosnia, being bombed in Iraq, or a refugee camp in Jordan. The works of Taslima Nassrin explore domestic violence. Nelly Sach's poignant poem re-creates the voice of a dead child of Auschwitz, while the Greek writer Elsa Spartioti relives childhood memories of political violence in a country torn apart by war. From the voice of Anna Akhmatova and her rendition of the Stalinist terror to the writing of Nadine Gordimer fighting apartheid in South Africa, the verse of Adrienne Rich and the diary of Anne Frank, this inspirational anthology is not only a moving witness to human tragedy but also shows the importance of the written word in the universal struggle for human rights.