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Hope and Despair: My Struggle to Free My Husband, Maher Arar First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0771057588
ISBN-10: 077105758X
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“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.”
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First Edition edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077105758X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771057588
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,935,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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