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Raif Badawi, The Voice of Freedom by Ensaf Haidar and Andrea Claudia Hoffmann
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Raif Badawi, The Voice of Freedom by Ensaf Haidar and Andrea Claudia Hoffmann
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May 17, 2016 | ISBN 9781590518014

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“Aided by Middle East reporter Hoffmann, Haidar reveals not only the harsh treatment of her husband, sentenced to 10 years in a Saudi Arabian prison and 1,000 lashes for the crime of apostasy, but also the severe limitations on the lives of women in Saudi Arabia… Although Badawi, a recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, remains in prison, Haidar’s book ends on an optimistic note, her spirits buoyed by the international support her efforts have garnered. A sobering exposé of Saudi Arabian culture and a tribute to the courage and strength of both the author and her husband.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS
 
“With the backdrop of politically charged Saudi Arabia, Haidar and Badawi’s story is made human and personal, showing a marriage full of the normal ups and downs—small arguments, the adventure of having children together, and tricky relationships with in-laws—while simultaneously chronicling Badawi’s online rebellion against the conservative regime running the country. Her memoir reads like a novel; lovers of current events and politics will enjoy the sociopolitical analysis, and fans of memoirs will be caught up in this personal story.” —LIBRARY JOURNAL 

“Haidar’s book is subtitled My Husband, Our Story. In many ways, it is all her story, and probably better for it. It is the story not only of a dissident who falls foul of the Saudi religious authorities but also of the extraordinary circumscribing of Saudi women’s lives and the connivance of their family and menfolk in it…Its value lies in its fresh and often surprising insights into a society few westerners ever really penetrate and which is rarely written about honestly except by those who have already fled. Haidar’s story, the series of betrayals by those closest to her, reminds us it is not just a government, but a whole society, that colludes in repression.” —THE TIMES

“A particularly powerful telling of how the personal and the political can coincide…” —SIGNATURE READS 

“Voice of Freedom was an unforgettable book that I will carry with me for a long time.” —LUXURY READING

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