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** Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi


Guantánamo Diary is the extraordinary diary of a Guantanamo prisoner, a Mauritanian man whose international travels sadly put him in the wrong place at the wrong time, just ripe to be imprisoned by the US government and tortured.  It’s not an easy tale to read, as the violence is shocking when told from a personal point of view, even if accusations of torture at Guantanamo are not new. It is also literally difficult to read a text that has been heavily censured, although the censoring is so inept that, after a few dozen pages, it becomes effortless to string together full sentences. For instance, it seems that censors do not want us to know that there are female interrogators, so the moment one arrives on the scene, all pronouns are blacked out. Makes it rather easy to follow!

The tale from hell is tough, but the author also recounts many personal stories about his family and his younger, free days that keep the diary intimate and show his great sense of humor and his immense psychological strength. Why keep him in prison when no charges have been filed?

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