Gaddafi's Harem by Annick Cojean
The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

An important contribution to the understanding of Gadhafi’s regime and the social and political challenges that confront Libya now.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Soraya was just fifteen, a schoolgirl in the coastal town of Sirte, when she was given the honor of presenting a bouquet of flowers to Colonel Gaddafi, “the Guide,” on a visit he was making to her school the following week. This one meeting—a presentation of flowers, a pat on the head from Gaddafi—changed Soraya’s life forever. Soon afterwards, she was summoned to Bab al-Azizia, Gaddafi’s palatial compound near Tripoli, where she joined a number of young women who were violently abused, raped and degraded by Gaddafi. Heartwrenchingly tragic but ultimately redemptive, Soraya’s story is the first one of many that are just now beginning to be heard. But sex and rape remain the highest taboo in Libya, and women like Soraya (whose identity is protected by a pseudonym here) risk being disowned or even killed by their dishonored family members.

In Gaddafi’s Harem, an instant bestseller on publication in France, where it has already sold more than 100,000 copies in hardcover, Le Monde special correspondent Annick Cojean gives a voice to Soraya’s story, and supplements her investigation into Gaddafi’s abuses of power through interviews with people who knew Soraya, as well as with other women who were abused by Gaddafi.
 

About Annick Cojean

See more books from this Author
Annick Cojean, special correspondent for Le Monde, is one of France's most widely admired journalists. She chairs the committee for the Prix Albert Londres, the French equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and won the prize herself in 1996. She is the author of several books.
 
Published September 3, 2013 by Grove Press. 306 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for Gaddafi's Harem
All: 4 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on Jun 08 2013

An important contribution to the understanding of Gadhafi’s regime and the social and political challenges that confront Libya now.

Read Full Review of Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of... | See more reviews from Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Jun 10 2013

Even after Gaddafi’s death and the collapse of his regime, it is the Libyan women who continue to suffer—reviled by their families, ignored by their government and the international community, living in silent shame. A moving and disturbing wake-up call to the personal costs of totalitarianism.

Read Full Review of Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Diane Brandley on Sep 12 2013

The courage on everyone’s part is remarkable. The sheer weight of the repeated subject matter tends to make the book bog down in spots, rendering it difficult to read.

Read Full Review of Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books

Star Tribune

Good
Reviewed by Laurie Hertzel on Sep 21 2013

Her story is harrowing, if not immediately convincing. It is written in first person, in Soraya’s voice, pieced together from a series of lengthy interviews conducted in 2012...

Read Full Review of Gaddafi's Harem: The Story of... | See more reviews from Star Tribune

Reader Rating for Gaddafi's Harem
77%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 83 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×