Книга: Souad «Burned Alive: A Survivor of an "Honor Killing" Speaks Out»

Burned Alive: A Survivor of an "Honor Killing" Speaks Out

When Souad was seventeen she fell in love. In her West Bank village, as in so many others, sex before marriage is considered a grave dishonor to one's family and is punishable by death. This was her crime. Her brother-in-law was given the task of meting out her punishment. One morning while Souad was washing the family's clothes, he poured gasoline over her and set her on fire. Miraculously, she survived, rescued by women of her village, who put out the flames and took her to a local hospital. Horribly burned over seventy percent of her body and still denounced by her family, Souad was able to receive the care she needed only after the intervention of a European aid worker. Now in permanent exile from her homeland, she has decided to tell her story and reveal the barbarity of a practice that continues to this day. Burned Alive ... is the first true account ever published by a victim of an "honor crime" . Souad's inspiring testimony is a shocking, moving, and harrowing story of cruelty...

Издательство: "Grand Central Publishing" (2005)

Формат: 150x230, 240 стр.

ISBN: 0-446-69487-8, 978-0-446-69487-2

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Souad

Souad is the pen name attributed to the author of the best-selling book "", ostensibly a first-person account of an attempted honor killing. "Souad" is described as a Palestinian woman now living in Europe who survived an attempted murder by her brother-in-law, who doused her with gasoline and set her on fire, at the urging of her family. The book was written as a result of repressed memory therapy.

Controversy

According to the book, she forgot about the incident for two decades until it was recovered through repressed memory therapy. Thérèse Taylor, an Australian historian, has pointed out numerous medical, historical and cultural inconsistencies in the book that put its authenticity in doubt. [http://www.smh.com.au/news/Books/Historian-challenges-Palestinian-bestseller/2005/04/12/1113251628102.html] Souad claims to have survived the attempt without medical assistance despite having burns to 70 percent of her body - a medical impossibility (a press release by the publisher of the US edition increased that figure to an even less plausible 90 percent). [http://www.antiwar.com/orig/ttaylor.php?articleid=5801] [http://www.twbookmark.com/books/89/0446533467/press_release.html] Soaud also recalls her sister being choked with a telephone cord at a time when Palestinian villages did not have telephones. So far, there is no independent evidence to support the publisher's claim that the book is based on a true story or even that Souad exists at all. Taylor concludes her analysis by saying that she thinks it is likely that Souad no longer knows who she is or how she came to be burned.

External links

* [http://www.antiwar.com/orig/ttaylor.php?articleid=5801 Truth, History, and Honor Killing] — A skeptical review of the book by Thérèse Taylor (Antiwar.com)
* [http://www.twbookmark.com/ Publisher of "Burned Alive"]

Источник: Souad

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