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Don’t Call me a Victim!

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Author: Dina Yafasova

Translators: Melanie Moore and Clare Kitson

This novel revolves around the life of Archana Guha, whose unique destiny became the subject of continuous media attention for nearly twenty years in India, Europe, USA and Japan.

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This novel revolves around the life of Archana Guha, whose unique destiny became the subject of continuous media attention for nearly twenty years in India, Europe, USA and Japan.

One night in1974, Archana, her brother’s wife and a family friend who happens to be staying the night at their house, were taken hostage by the police, because Archana’s younger brother, Saumen, was a member of a terrorist underground movement which is at war with the police and preparing for armed insurrection. When Archana’s brother is caught, the three women are sent to prison indefinitely, along with him, on trumped-up charges. Her ordeal in the torture chamber of the Kolkota police leaves Archana paralysed in both legs. Lying helplessly on her mattress, she loses hope of ever returning home and walking again.

After Archana’s brother is released from prison, he initiates a public campaign against the torturers, which the family is sucked into. His pursuit of revenge becomes a way of life which tries to take Archana hostage for a second time.

This is a psychological drama about exceptional, indomitable people, but also about the hell human beings create. It is a political drama about torture as a means of combating terrorism, and about terrorism as a reaction to state terror. It is a human drama about survival, about how to hold on to your humanity when everything has been taken from you.

Published with the support of the Inge Genefke and Bent Sørensen Anti Torture Support Foundation.

 

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Author

Born in Uzbekistan, Dina Yafasova worked as an accredited correspondent in Central Asia for the Danish and other international media. For results of her investigative journlistic work being published internationally, Dina was harassed by the Uzbek security services, and after a series of severe interrogation, repression and attacks forced to leave their homeland. Since 2001 Dina lives in Denmark, where she initially worked in a Danish international organization. Dina made her debut as a writer in 2006 with a book of autobiographical prose.

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“The general reader interested in the subjects of torture, women’s rights, and post-traumatic disorders and dysfunctions of torture victims (and their torturers) will appreciate the complexity of the problem and the restraint with which the most outrageous material is treated. The book’s honest, merciful, yet relentless voice, masterfully realized by the author and sensitively rendered by the translators, will not leave anyone indifferent.” Anastasia Lakhtikova, World Literature Today

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Dina Yafasova

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344 pages

Publication date

30th August 2014

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