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Salt Journals

Tunisian Women on Political Imprisonment

December 20, 2024 | Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780815638513
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Salt Journals is a compelling collection of essays by Tunisian women, sharing their personal experiences with dictatorship and oppression. While rooted in the history and culture of Tunisia, these narratives reflect universal feelings of isolation, pain, and the indomitable quest for freedom.

Drawn from a variety of different professions, including a lawyer, an engineer, a nurse, a student, and a city council member, among others, these women are contesting the culture of silence surrounding women's prison narratives. Employing words as their weapons of nonviolent resistance, the authors recount the harsh realities of a militarized state and its oppressive prison system. Their creative defiance against state repression emerges not just as a means of survival, but as a profound act of dissidence, reclaiming control from the brutality imposed upon their lives.

A testament to the power of self-representation, Salt Journals opens a vital space for dialogue on the necessity of empathy, resilience, and the importance of speaking out in the face of tyranny.

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About this Author

Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi author and political activist who has written short stories, novels, and nonfiction. Some of her more recent works include Packaged Lives: Ten Stories and a Novella and Dreaming of Baghdad.

Christalla Yakinthou is a lecturer in the political science department at the University of Birmingham.

Virginie Ladisch is a senior expert at the International Center for Transitional Justice.

ISBN: 9780815638513
Format: Trade Paperback
Series: Middle East Literature In Translation
Pages: 152
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Published: 2024-12-20


Salt Journals offers a powerful message of Tunisian women's resilience in the face of political terrorism and unspeakable cruelty sanctioned by the regimes of Bourguiba and Ben Ali.

A treasure trove bringing the lives and struggles of Tunisian women political prisoners to a wider global attention.

This book is a jewel. Zangana has coached a group of women former political prisoners out of years of silence to reveal their lived reality in Tunisia's prisons. Additionally, luminous glimpses of their intimate feelings of family, love, resilience and resistance are the originality and gift of the book.

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