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Gaddafi's harem : the story of a young woman and the abuses of power in Libya / Annick Cojean ; translated from the French by Marjolijn de Jager.

Cojean, Annick. (Author).

  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780802121721 (hc)
  • ISBN: 0802121721 (hc)
  • Description: x, 294 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, c2013.

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1 current hold with 12 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 961.2/Cojean (Text to phone) Checked out 11/29/2014
Beverly Main NEW DT 236 .C6413 2013 (Text to phone) On holds shelf -
Danvers Adult Nonfiction DT 236 C6413 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction DT 236 .C65 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Marblehead Adult Nonfiction 961.2042 COJEAN 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Peabody Main Adult Nonfiction DT 236 .C65 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Peabody South Branch Adult Nonfiction DT 236 .C65 2013 (Text to phone) Available -
Salem Adult Non-Fiction 961.2042/COJEAN (Text to phone) Available -
Stoneham Adult Nonfiction Lower Level 961.2042 COJ (Text to phone) Available -
Swampscott Lower Level 961.2 Co (Text to phone) Available -
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Contents Note: Part 1: Soraya's story. Childhood -- Prisoner -- Bab alAzizia -- Ramada -- Harem -- Africa -- Hicham -- Escape -- Paris -- Cogwheels -- Liberation -- Part 2: The investigation: In Soraya's footsteps -- "Libya," Khadija, Leila . . . and so many more -- The Amazons -- The predator -- Master of the universe -- Mansour Daw -- Accomplices and providers -- Mabrouka -- A military weapon.
Summary: 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.
De Jager, Marjolijn, translator. (Translator).

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