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Don't Call Me a Victim! by Dina Yafasova
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Don't Call Me a Victim!

by Dina Yafasova

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Beautifully written, but hard to read nonetheless, this book deals with difficult subject matter in telling the story of a toeture survivor and her recovery and battle for justice.

The writing style is beatifilly fluid when telling the story, but i found it a little disjointed in places as the author changd viewpoint to add in her personal experiences.

It is definitely a story that needs to be told and needs to be heard, and will stay with me for a whle. ( )
  bellymonster | Dec 10, 2015 |
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This is a difficult and distressing story to read. Quite rightly so as it covers atrocious events surrounding the life of Archana Guha who was abused and tortured. The book is worth reading even if only to remind oneself that civilization still has a long way to go.

Like some other reviewers I found the narration style, slipping as it frequently does into the author's own experiences, somewhat disjointed. This got in the way of the main story, I felt, rather than enhancing it. None-the-less the book covers a subject matter of great importance and is certainly worth reading. ( )
  Hopback | Dec 20, 2014 |
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The novel Don’t Call me a Victim! by Dina Yafasova tells the remarkable life of the Bengali woman Archana Guha, whose unique destiny became the subject of continuous media attention for nearly twenty years since the 1970's in India, Europe, USA and Japan. Archana's younger brother Saumen Guha had joined a communist terrorist underground movement. In 1974 Archana, her brother’s wife Latike Guha and a family friend, Ms. Gouri Chatterjee, were taken hostage by the Kolkata police. The three were tortured and forced to betray Saumen, but their torturer, police officer Runu doesn't succeed. Released and directly imprisoned again, the family can only receive visits by Archana's crippled mother. Saumen is also held hostage, but the three women don't know that. Only through political changes in India, the 4 are freed. Archana is bruised and paralyzed so much, that she can't walk anymore.
The second part of the book deals with the longest legal battle (19 years) which Saumen had initiated to seek justice for her sister Archana. Archana gets help from Danish doctors and learn to walk again. Per Jensen, a Danish, falls in love with her, and marries Archana. Both processes are painful and cost lots of energy. Victim becomes torturer, and vice versa. The hell is the other. A human drama involving torture as a human invention to combat terrorism, terrorizing victims alike. Set against the background of the developing countries of India, Japan, Yafasova steps into the storyline every now and then, changes the protagonist, but is also heavily involved in unmasking this human flaws and struggle to survive when humanity seems stripped away. ( )
  hjvanderklis | Nov 22, 2014 |
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It is the heartbreaking tale about suffering of Archana Guha. I felt sorry for her and angry towards indian government after reading this tale. The book is nice. Author has her own unique way of narration, but its language is difficult to understand. Thus, its writing style is both its plus point and minus point. As a whole this book is worth reading. ( )
  Bibash | Nov 4, 2014 |
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The prosecutor gets tortured, the torturer becomes the prosecuted: How to turn a terrible unjust world upside down, how to stand up again; how to outfight a cruel Indian police that rapes, tantalizes and torments in order to fight against the left-wing Naxalites in the 1970s.

The book tells the story about the longest trial ever held in the Indian courts. It is the story about Archana Guha, who was prisoned in Calcutta suspecting that she would know the location of her insurgent Naxalite brother. The pains she has to endure there are leeding even to paralysis of her legs.

Whatever, she found help and the power to fight back, learned to walk again and got her victory in the courtroom at last - after 19 years of victimization.

It's a book that gives hope. And a meaning to all the battles against tyranny, against unjust laws, against any 'establishment' that is only based on brute force.

It's a book about a content more relevant than ever. ( )
  viennamax | Oct 12, 2014 |
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This novel revolves around the life of Archana Guha, whose unique destiny became the subject of continuous media attention for nearly twenty years in India, Europe, USA and Japan.

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