Guantánamo Diary

Guantánamo Diary Trade Paperback


AUTHOR: Mohamedou Ould Slahi
PUBLISHED: 21st May 2015
ISBN: 9781782112853

New York Review of Books

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More than 12 years after he was detained by the US, Mohamedou Ould Slahi remains locked up in Guantánamo, trapped in a horrific legal limbo. But his extraordinary account, handwritten over 466 pages from his single cell at Camp Echo in 2005, is finally being published after years of litigation — and more than 2,500 redactions by the US government. In an unprecedented collaboration, the Guardian and Canongate Books present the full declassified manuscript.

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Guantánamo Diary   is out in paperback this week. As Mohamedou Ould Slahi is still in Guantánamo Bay and unable to speak about his book himself, his incredible, moving story is being brought to life by celebrities who have been touched by his story. Over the coming weeks, we will release exclusive audio extracts read by Benedict Cumberbatch, Jude Law, Neil Gaiman, Nadya Tolokonnikova, John Hurt, Clarke Peters, Brian Eno, Hari Kunzru, Nick Cave, Dominic West, Alan Cumming and Stanley Tucci. You can read Mohamedou’s full story

Read the original handwritten manuscript

Guantánamo Diary: torture and detention without charge | Guardian Docs


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‘A vision of hell, beyond Orwell, beyond Kafka’ JOHN LE CARRÉ

Since 2002, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was ordered to be released by a federal judge, the U.S. government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go.

Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody and daily life as a detainee. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir – terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious. Published now for the first time, Guantánamo Diary is a document of immense historical importance.

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