Bookseller reported yesterday that Canongate had acquired a 466-page memoir written by Mauritanian Guantanamo prisoner Mohamedou Ould Slahi, which Slahi finished in 2006, but which had apparently been held as a “classified secret” for seven years:
This marks the first time a Guantánamo prisoner’s memoir will be released while he’s still in detention, and,according to Bookseller, it will form the basis of an international campaign to free Slahi amid “a storm of global publicity and a series of live events to raise awareness for the ongoing campaign for Slahi’s release.”
Undoubtedly, it will also be met by a firestorm of support for the prison camp.published on Slate last fall. The memoir, written in the English Slahi acquired in prison, will be edited and introduced by author and human-rights advocateLarry Siems.
The title will be published simultaneously around the world on Jan. 20, 2015 with Little, Brown publishing in the US. Rights have been sold in 11 other territories.
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