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Days of Fear: A Firsthand Account of Captivity Under the New Taliban

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On March 5, 2007, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, his driver and his interpreter were captured by the Taliban. His captors threatened to execute him if Italy did not immediately withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. When Italy refused this demand, the driver, twenty-five-year old Sayed Agha, was decapitated before Mastrogiacomo?s eyes. A video of this horrifying event was shown around the world, and Mastrogiacomo spent the rest of his time in captivity convinced that a similar fate would soon befall him.

His jail, however, was not a dark room hidden away in some urban periphery, but a kind of open-air prison: to escape detection, his captors dragged him from village to village, through opium plantations, along dusty roads and over rugged mountains, from one end of Afghanistan to the other.

It was a captivity that consisted in a continuous and nerve-racking confrontation with a world that bore no resemblance to that which he had ever known. Mastrogiacomo draws from his experience not only a hostage?s tale of captivity but also a story that lies at the heart of the eternal human drama: that of a man?s encounter with The Other.

As brilliantly crafted as a first-rate suspense novel and with the kind of emotional impact associated with the best literary fiction, Mastrogiacomo?s story of courage and tenacity in the face of imminent danger is unforgettable.

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In March 2007, Mastrogiacomo, his driver and his interpreter were captured by the Taliban. When Italy refused the demand to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, the driver was decapitated, and Mastrogiacomo spent the rest of his time in captivity convinced that a similar fate would soon befall him.

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ISBN:
9781933372976
Author:
Mastrogiacomo, Daniele
Publisher:
Europa Editions
Translator:
Reynolds, Michael
Author:
Reynolds, Michael
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Taliban
Subject:
Afghan War, 2001-
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20100231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.38x5.28x.61 in. .52 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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