Larry Siems - Guantanamo Diary

An unprecedented international publishing event: the first and only diary written by a still-imprisoned Guantanamo detainee. Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. A federal judge ordered his release in March 2010, but 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, "his endless world tour" of imprisonment and interrogation, and his daily life as a Guantanamo prisoner. Guantanamo Diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir---terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious.

Larry Siems has balanced writing and activism, publishing scores of articles on human rights and cross-cultural themes, and serving for many years as Director of Freedom to Write Programs for both PEN USA in Los Angeles, and PEN American Center in New York. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Southern Poetry Review. He has two other books: Between the Lines: Letters Between Undocumented Mexican and Central American Immigrants and Their Families and Friends and The Torture Report: What the Documents Say About America’s Post 9/11 Torture Program. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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ISBN: 9780316389259
Published: Back Bay Books - December 1st, 2015