Per Boek Wijzer Auteur: Brian Keenan
Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change from his native Belfast. He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi'ite militiamen and held in the suburbs of Beirut for the next four and a half years. For much of that time he was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, amongst them John McCarthy.
Brian Keenan emerged from the compression chamber of isolation with a rare gift intact. In this book he uses that gift to expore the 'evil cradling' of secret captivity with ruthless insight, honesty and poetry.
The claustrophobia of the hostage, the helplessness of undergoing a sentence without term or reason, is described here in ways the reader is unlikely to forget.
Brian Keenan's openness and integrity captured the hearts of millions of people after his release, but it is the mark of his quality as a writer that he is unwilling merely to be the exhostage, the man who has suffered on our behalf. He is far more interesting and complex than that, and he makes the emptiness of imprisonment speak.
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