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Guantanamo: A Novel

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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.

Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 28th 2007 by Soft Skull Press
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Dorothea Dieckmann's short novel, Guantanamo , easily makes, if not tops, my list of best books published 2007. In fact, I'm going to pull out some tired old war horses here: It grabs you from the first page. It is masterfully written. It is a "must read." Most important, it is important.[return][return]Guantanamo does what excellent fiction should do -- transport us to places we can't go. Here, that place is inside the mind of a prisoner at the U.S. military's detention facility at Guantanamo B ...more
Mike Lindgren
Dec 05, 2007 Mike Lindgren rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: angry and masochistic leftists
Shelves: fiction
To most Americans, the name Guantanamo is convenient shorthand for the excesses of the so-called War On Terror. No one who reads Dorothea Dieckmann’s lacerating novel, however, will ever again have the comfort of
thinking of the infamous prison in abstract terms.

Guantanamo: A Novel is an unforgiving read. Dieckmann, a German novelist and critic, takes as her protagonist a young tourist named Rashid and drops him without exposition into a nightmarish series of torture and beatings. The effect, in
Interesting book. The scenes in the prison camp itself are very realistic and horrible. There are also a lot of hallucinations and dream sequences, some of which are quite powerful. The dreams become entangled with reality in a surrealistic way which can be difficult to read. I have to say I didn't always 'get' the dreams.

I think one problem with the novel is that Dieckmann doesn't really tell us enough about Rashid's life before he arrives at Guantanamo. We only learn little scraps about his fa
Apr 28, 2009 Ginger rated it 1 of 5 stars
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This is a novel written by a German woman about being an Islamic prisoner in Guantanamo Bay. Large portions of the novel are written in stream of consciousness and/or dream/hallucinogenic sequences. Large portions of it are very hard to muddle through. I found myself enjoying the more clearheaded descriptive portions of the book. While I understand that she is trying to write a novel more about the psychological state of that kind of imprisonment than the true reality of it, it was hard for me t ...more
Not a large book, but a tough read...a fictionalized account of a young man's time at Guatanamo. It really got me thinking about what torture victims go through there and really anywhere in the world...if we all realized that the people in Guantanamo and in prisons anywhere are someone's son or daughter, grandson or granddaughter, mother or father maybe that would help guide how we treat them and result in more humane treatment?
Alan Fricker
Random purchase from the library weeding. Not the most christmassy choice I have ever made. Got rather lost in some of the sequences though this is probably the idea
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