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Guantanamo: A Novel [Paperback]

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At the beginning of the Afghan war, young Rashid, born in Hamburg to an Indian father and a German mother, travels to India to claim an inheritance. There, he befriends a young Afghan and continues his journey to Peshawar, where he ends up in the middle of an anti-American demonstration. He is arrested, handed over to the Americans, and taken to the notorious Guantanamo.

What ensues is a remarkable literary experiment, a novel based on meticulous research. In six scenes, it describes Rashid's life at the camp. Sensitive yet utterly unsentimental, the novel explores the existential consequences of isolation, suppression, and uncertainty --- paralyzing fear, psychotic delusions, manic identification with fellow prisoners, and ultimately, resignation. Written with fierce moral clarity and a remarkable economy of expression, Guantanamo functions as both a political statement and a fascinating examination of the prisoner/jailer relationship.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.8" Width: 5" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 10, 2007
Publisher   Soft Skull Press
ISBN  1933368543  
ISBN13  9781933368542  

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An Excellent read!  Dec 5, 2007
Definitely worth a read, if only to grasp the loss of self that accompanies relentless and prolonged dehumanisation.
One Side in a Propaganda War  Nov 25, 2007
A strong piece of Islamist propaganda written by someone from the far Left. Politics does indeed make strange bedfellows. No mention is made of the soccer games or video movie watching.

Guantanamo is a maximum security prison and should be seen as such. It holds some of the most dangerous terrorists in the world, whose stated goals are are killing "unbelievers" by the thousands. Why these people receive sympathy and support from the Far Left is beyond understanding.
Citizen of a Lonely Planet  Nov 4, 2007
Rashid, a German tourist of Indian decent, using a Lonely Planet Guide to look for an adventure in the postwar zone of Afghanistan, finds himself rounded up by American soldiers under murky circumstances. The normally lucid handles of nationality and religion dissolve as Rashid finds himself bagged, tagged an enemy, and carted to a small cage stowed in rows alongside other cages filled with men with similar varied and confusing stories. Everyone imprisoned has been reduced to an enemy combatant. In turn, the male and female American soldiers who watch over them are also reduced to the role of interrogator.

Like Beckett's Malone, this novel spends pages dwelling on the mesmerizing physical minutiae of the protagonist. He is a bundle of frayed nerves trying to cling to consciousness in a situation where any sense of context has been removed by senseless forces. In Beckett, this might be an existential crises, in Guantanomo this is Dick Cheney's war without end. Rashid watches sunlight. A gecko takes up residence behind a plywood panel. The gecko, too, is in prison, and the protagonist's imprisonment makes just as much sense. Increasingly, national boundaries only make sense for the larger multi-national structures like the World Bank. For citizens of the world, whether they are workers being detained in the United States for lacking the applicable administrative paperwork or they are tourists traveling for dubious reasons in Afghanistan it makes as much sense to imprison these people as it does to lock up geckos, spiders, and moths. This excellent short novel directly confronts the confusion of citizenship and identity in the context of Globalism where terrorism, war, or even Lonely Planet Guide tourism are not constrained by national boundaries.

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