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Daniele Mastrogiacomo

Days of Fear

Daniele Mastrogiacomo

Days of Fear

2010, pp. 176, e-Book
ISBN: 9781609459666
Translated by: Michael Reynolds
Region: Italy
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The book

On March 5, 2007, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, foreign news correspondent on assignment in Kandahar, 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. Indeed, the ultimate significance of this book lies in its author’s ability to draw 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.

The author

Daniele Mastrogiacomo
Daniele Mastrogiacomo was born in Karachi in 1954. Since 1980, he has  covered national and international affairs for the Italian daily La Repubblica. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in some of the world’s most hostile places: Kabul, Teheran, Palestine, Baghdad, and Mogadishu. In 2006 he reported on the war in Lebanon between Israel and the Hezbollah.

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