Canongate is publishing the diary of Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Guantanamo Diary, 20th January, £20). The book will be published in 16 countries simultaneously, including in the US, by Little, Brown.
The diary will be exclusively serialised by the Guardian in print and the handwritten text of the diary will be featured on a website created in partnership with Canongate, GuantanamoDiary.com. The website will feature interviews with Slahi’s lawyer Nancy Hollander, who has fought for seven years to have the manuscript cleared for public release. It will also include interviews with the editor of the book, Larry Siems, and Slahi’s brother Yahdih.
Audio extracts have been recorded by high-profile figures (such as Colin Firth and Elif Shafak), some of whom will be present at a Guardian Live launch event.
Slahi is a Mauritanian national who has been imprisoned without charge for 13 years by the US government. John le Carré has described the book as “a vision of hell, beyond Orwell, beyond Kafka”.