LONGLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2015 THE SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ‘A vision of hell beyond Orwell beyond Kafka’ JOHN LE CARRE Since 2002 Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay Cuba. In all these years the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was ordered to be released by a federal judge the U.S. government fought that decision and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go. Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody and daily life as a detainee. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice but a deeply personal memoir – terrifying darkly humorous and surprisingly gracious. Published now for the first time Guantanamo Diary is a document of immense historical importance.