The Washington Post
The gripping account of an innocent man held prisoner in Afghanistan and Guantanamo for five years
The Washington Post
“The most compassionate, truthful and dignified account of the disgrace of Guantanamo that you are ever likely to read.” John le Carré
“I thank God that Murat kept his sanity in the hell of injustice and torture of nearly 5 years in Guantanamo so he could tell his story. May it be studied in every school and college in Europe and the USA. May it help to close down all the illegal and secret prisons and camps, as well as Guantanamo, and restore the prisoners to their families. I am sure Murat's book will educate a whole generation about justice and the defense of human rights.” Vanessa Redgrave
“Like many of the men imprisoned in Guantánamo, Murat Kurnaz was held for years without proper charge or trial. After intensive campaigning by his friends, family and Amnesty International members all over the world, he was finally released. This book is a profound and detailed account of his experiences. After suffering torture and detention without trial, it is testament to great strength of character that he is able to tell his story with such power and clarity.” Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK
“Murat makes the horrors and inanities of Guantánamo so real; his voice is by turns young and headstrong, wry and wise. Murat's mother came to the Unites States to hear our first Guantánamo case argued before the Supreme Court back in 2004 - when I met her, I didn't know whether she would ever see her son again. Now he is home safe and has produced this riveting and moving account of his torture and abuse at the hands of the U.S. government to shine a light in a dark place and try to help all those still languishing without hope. This is a must read.” Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights and attorney representing the Guantánamo detainees.
“Kurnaz recounts his woes, and those of his fellow prisoners, with modesty and compassion. . . . He has written a measured and readable account, which is often even humorous in a Swiftian sort of way.” The Economist
“A vital document that should - rightly - shock and appall.” Kirkus Reviews
“A plainspoken account, Five Years of My Life focuses on the daily humiliations and surreal texture of life at Guantanamo” Mother Jones
“May well represent our best hope yet of preserving the truth about this depraved chapter in American history...Kurnaz describes the varied tortures to which he was subjected for the next five years with such a level-headed lack of self-pity that they come across as neither bitter rallying cry nor unbearable litany of torment. In his gentle, understated way, Kurnaz describes the reality behind the euphemisms used to describe the 'enhanced interrogation practices' the Bush administration has openly authorized in the 'war on terror'.” The Santa Barbara Independant
“Kurnaz...avoids sensationalism for a harrowing record of barbarities carried out in the name of democracy...[written] in stark, unadorned prose, with no scores to settle, knowing that his account is beyond most people's imagination.” The Guardian (UK)
“This is a book politicians should read, and should inspire anguished soul-searching among the rest of us.” The Washington Post
“Kurnaz reveals Guantanamo shorn of media spin.” The Guardian (UK)
“[Kurnaz] is the same age as my son, Jackson. When I read the story, I realised how I would feel as a mother if my son had been taken away at the age of 20, put into chains, without any hope of leaving, without any direct charge.” Patti Smith
Murat makes the horrors and inanities of Guantánamo so real; his voice is by turns young and headstrong, wry and wise. Murat's mother came to the Unites States to hear our first Guantánamo case argued before the Supreme Court back in 2004 - when I met her, I didn't know whether she would ever see her son again. Now he is home safe and has produced this riveting and moving account of his torture and abuse at the hands of the U.S. government to shine a light in a dark place and try to help all those still languishing without hope. This is a must read.
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Meet the Author
Murat Kurnaz is a Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany, where he was born in 1982. He was in the process of becoming a German citizen when he was arrested in Pakistan and held prisoner for five years. He now lives in Germany. Five Years of My Life is his first book.
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The story of Murat's internment is amazingly detailed and enlightening. A must read!
Murad! You are a fortunate that you suffered from same kind of circumstances as prophet Yusuf son of Prophet Yaqoob suffered, he was also sold in Egypt and latter on barred without any accusition proved on him.Your long beard and long hair suit you and i feel perhaps prophet yusuf would have same appearance.I would like to have your mail address.
Murad! I was thinking that some person having knowledge of fourth dimension is involved behind all your story. some people having knowledge of black spell and telepathy create such problems for others.I believe all prisoners are under black spell and should recite Kalma Tamjeed(Third Kalma) many many times daily.
I think you too ar in eye of some person who knows black spell and telepathy. That's why you were arresested again by german police when a store was set on fire near your house.
Some hidden enemy is behind all this .The policy makers of world ,who make cruel policies of war are also under the control of those telepathy knowing people.
You can keep yourself safe by reciting Kalma Tayyaba and Kalma Tamjeed, not by any material way.
Kep in contact with me.