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Hope and Despair: My Struggle to Free My Husband, Maher Arar Hardcover – International Edition, November 4, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0771057588 ISBN-10: 077105758X Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077105758X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771057588
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,684,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“A fascinating book.”
Quill & Quire

“A great love story for our times … a stirring, inspiring tale of a woman who would not give up on her husband, who steadfastly believed in him despite a chorus of powerful voices condemning him.”
Calgary Herald

About the Author

Monia Mazigh was born and raised in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991. She holds a Ph.D. in finance from McGill University and speaks Arabic, French, and English fluently. She has worked at the University of Ottawa and taught at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. Mazigh was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband, Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year. She campaigned tirelessly for his release during that time. In 2004, she ran in the federal election for the NDP, coming third but gaining the most votes for the riding the NDP had ever received. Dr. Mazigh lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben Oboe on December 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Like many Canadians, I witnessed the unfolding of Maher Arar's story with a mixture of shock and shame, feelings of fear yielding to incredulity, outrage and disgust. The so-called war on terror and the subsequent stifling of civil liberties has made it easy to feel despair, and has given us very little about which to feel hopeful.

Here is a book that does give us hope, whether we are worthy of such redemption or not. Monia Mazigh's account of her battle is one of courage and conviction. She chose to take on the cruelty and indifference of government officials, jailers and journalists armed with intelligence, perseverance and faith in the rule of law. Her choice to keep to herself the terrible emotional cost of her struggle is preserved in the narrative of this wonderful book, but not so completely as to prevent the reader from frequently being moved to tears.

This is a book that must be read and re-read, for the sake of Maher Arar and Monia Mazigh and their children, and for the sake of all our children, who share an instinctive understanding of justice and deserve to understand the meaning and the value of human rights and the terrible cost we ultimately pay when we are willing to sacrifice innocent individuals.
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By Hichem Bouslama on January 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this True story, one of the best I have ever read about Human courage and faith. The timing of this book makes no doubts that a positive change is occurring. I appreciate Dr Mazigh's sincere devotion to defend Human rights and speak out against injustice. The years to come will reveal many elements about why all that happened: The sep 11 Tragedy, Maher Arar's Tragedy..the Evil hands that tries to manipulate public opinion. After every night, there is a bright day waiting. After all, this book is a message of hope.
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