Cloth $22.95 ISBN: 9781912208883 Published February 2021 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
E-book $22.95 ISBN: 9781912208890 Published February 2021

Tazmamart

18 Years in Morocco’s Secret Prison

Aziz BineBine

Tazmamart

Aziz BineBine

Distributed for Haus Publishing

Translated by Lulu Norman
192 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $22.95 ISBN: 9781912208883 Published February 2021 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
E-book $22.95 ISBN: 9781912208890 Published February 2021
On July 10, 1971, during birthday celebrations for King Hassan II of Morocco, attendant officers and cadets opened fire on visiting dignitaries. A young officer, Aziz BineBine, arrived late and witnessed the ensuing massacre without firing a single shot, yet he would spend the next two decades in a political prison hidden in the Atlas Mountains—Tazmamart. Conditions in this now-infamous prison were nightmarish. The dark, underground cells, too small for standing up in, exposed prisoners to extreme weather, overflowing sewage, and disease-ridden rats. Forgetting life outside his cell—his past, his family, his friends—and clinging to God, BineBine resolved to survive. Tazmamart: 18 Years in Morocco’s Secret Prison is a memorial to BineBine and his fellow inmates’ sacrifice. This searing tale of endurance offers an unfiltered depiction of the agonizing life of a political prisoner.
 
Review Quotes
Spectator
"For all the suffering, this isn’t a depressing book. On the contrary, it is compulsively readable and even uplifting, because the lesson BineBine imparts is one of love and dry-eyed compassion. Faultlessly translated by Lulu Norman, Tazmamart is a deeply moving testament to the strength of the human spirit."
Guardian
"... it is a powerful tribute to human fortitude and imagination – and perfect reading for incarcerated times."
Irish Examiner
"This is an incredible memoir, a story of indomitability of the human spirit over adversity, an epic story of survival."
The Tablet

"Tazmamart is the poignant and profound account, immaculately translated from the French, of an arbitrary incarceration..."

Institut Français
"This is the true story of Aziz BineBine who, unwittingly entangled in a failed coup against King Hassan II, found himself locked in a small, underground cell in a prison thought to be a mere horror story: Tazmamart. For 18 years, no one knew where the prison’s inmates were. No one knew if they were even alive...Set to become a cult classic of survival literature, Tazmamart is a hellish journey through the abyss of despair – and out the other side."
New Welsh Review | Amy Aed
"Tazmamart is an utterly heartbreaking book which forces you to completely reconsider your own freedom, pointing out the glaringly obvious fact that at any given second, millions of people are living their own inescapable dystopias."
Quantara.de
"Binebine’s Tazmamart narrative is less artful than the others, most of which were co-composed with professional writers. Yet that is also what makes Binebine’s the most achingly real."
BookBlast Diary
"..a must read for anyone interested in human rights and Morocco’s hidden past."
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