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In a bland concrete cell, two men face each other across a bare table. One is a wanted terrorist, the other a British intelligence officer. As they talk deep into the night, violent secrets are revealed, and the line between interrogator and confessor blurs inextricably. Who is the real terrorist?  And will he pay for his guilt in blood?   In this riveting novel, Richard Jac In a bland concrete cell, two men face each other across a bare table. One is a wanted terrorist, the other a British intelligence officer. As they talk deep into the night, violent secrets are revealed, and the line between interrogator and confessor blurs inextricably. Who is the real terrorist?  And will he pay for his guilt in blood?   In this riveting novel, Richard Jackson unsettles this comforting view of terrorists as “the other” and holds our preconceived notions up to a stark light. Structured as the classified transcript of a British Army captain’s interrogation of a suspected Egyptian terrorist, Confessions of a Terrorist takes us inside the mind of a possible terrorist. Though movies and mass media often portray terrorists as fanatics, barbarians, and extremists, Jackson’s novel troubles this view, offering a nuanced portrait of the humanity behind the headlines.   With a dialogue that disturbs and enlightens, Jackson probes one of the most difficult issues of our time with extraordinary sensitivity and finesse.


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In a bland concrete cell, two men face each other across a bare table. One is a wanted terrorist, the other a British intelligence officer. As they talk deep into the night, violent secrets are revealed, and the line between interrogator and confessor blurs inextricably. Who is the real terrorist?  And will he pay for his guilt in blood?   In this riveting novel, Richard Jac In a bland concrete cell, two men face each other across a bare table. One is a wanted terrorist, the other a British intelligence officer. As they talk deep into the night, violent secrets are revealed, and the line between interrogator and confessor blurs inextricably. Who is the real terrorist?  And will he pay for his guilt in blood?   In this riveting novel, Richard Jackson unsettles this comforting view of terrorists as “the other” and holds our preconceived notions up to a stark light. Structured as the classified transcript of a British Army captain’s interrogation of a suspected Egyptian terrorist, Confessions of a Terrorist takes us inside the mind of a possible terrorist. Though movies and mass media often portray terrorists as fanatics, barbarians, and extremists, Jackson’s novel troubles this view, offering a nuanced portrait of the humanity behind the headlines.   With a dialogue that disturbs and enlightens, Jackson probes one of the most difficult issues of our time with extraordinary sensitivity and finesse.

30 review for Confessions of a Terrorist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed Al

    كنت جالسًا مع صديق جميل، منّ الله علي بمعرفته عن طريق القودريدز، فكانت معرفته وصداقته أجمل هدايا ومفاجآت ٢٠١٦ لي. كان يتحدث معي، بحرقة بالغة، عن موقف واجهه في القودريدز قبل أيام. اعتاد هذا الصديق أن يرسل اقتراحات بالروايات التي قرأها وأعجبته لقائمة أصدقائه على القودريز، حتى جاءه هذا الرد من أحد هؤلاء الأصدقاء "عزيزي .. أنا لا أقرأ القصص والروايات. أقرأ الكتب الجديّة فقط!". حاولت أن أهوّن الأمر على صديقي، فالمتحذلقين الذين يعتقدون أن الروايات أقل شأنًا من غيرها لا يدركون بأن الخيال ولد مع الإنسان، كنت جالسًا مع صديق جميل، منّ الله علي بمعرفته عن طريق القودريدز، فكانت معرفته وصداقته أجمل هدايا ومفاجآت ٢٠١٦ لي. كان يتحدث معي، بحرقة بالغة، عن موقف واجهه في القودريدز قبل أيام. اعتاد هذا الصديق أن يرسل اقتراحات بالروايات التي قرأها وأعجبته لقائمة أصدقائه على القودريز، حتى جاءه هذا الرد من أحد هؤلاء الأصدقاء "عزيزي .. أنا لا أقرأ القصص والروايات. أقرأ الكتب الجديّة فقط!". حاولت أن أهوّن الأمر على صديقي، فالمتحذلقين الذين يعتقدون أن الروايات أقل شأنًا من غيرها لا يدركون بأن الخيال ولد مع الإنسان، ووجود الإنسان مرتبط بشكل أو بآخر بقدرته على التخيّل. إن ما يميز البشر عن باقي المخلوقات ليس العقل بل المخيّلة، فهناك دراسات علمية حديثة تؤكد بأن المخلوقات الأخرى كالحيوانات لديها عقول. في البدء كان الخيال، ولم يكن شيء قبله أو معه .. ثم كان كل شيء! بعد أن ودّعت صديقي تذكرت هذه الرواية التي قرأتها قبل أسابيع وفيها رد قاصم على من يعتقد بأن الروايات ليست سوى تضييع للوقت، يعتقد بأنها للمتعة وتزجية الوقت لا غير. لن أتحدث عن الرواية، كما اعتدت في مراجعاتي الأخرى بل سأترك لكم اكتشافها بأنفسكم، ولكني سأتحدث هذه المرة عن الكاتب. مؤلف الرواية، ريتشارد جاكسون، يشغل منصب بروفسور دراسات السلام في جامعة أوتاجو بنيوزيلندا، وألف على امتداد حياته ثمانية كتب (من الكتب الجديّة بحسب صديق صديقي) وأكثر من ٥٠ مقالاً أكاديميًا تتناول موضوعات السلام، والتطرف، والحروب والإرهاب. رجل أكاديمي كجاكسون، كرس حياته لنقد الواقع الأسود لحياتنا، أولى أن يحتقر الرواية (والخيال بشكل عام) من أنصاف المثقفين العرب الذين يظنون أن احتقارهم للروايات ومن يقرأها يضفي عليهم نوع من الوجاهة الثقافية المزيفة، فما الذي يدفعه للنزول من عالم الكتب "الجدية" إلى عالم الكتب "التافهة" .. وحاشا الروايات أن تكون كذلك؟ يقول جاكسون في مقدمة الرواية، وهي من أجمل المقدمات التي قرأتها دفاعًا عن هذا الفن العظيم، بأن مساحة الحرية التي تتيحها الرواية تخلص الكاتب من تعالي أعمال البحث العلمي في انتقائيته لجمهوره، وتخفّيه في أدراج الباحثين وزوايا المكتبات، وتقدّم له فرصة الوصول إلى أصحاب الشأن. كما أن اللغة الأدبية الخفيفة، التي تختلف عن اللغة الأكاديمية الصارمة، تعمل على إثارة القارئ وجذبه. مع ذلك لا يتواني جاكسون، بتواضع كبير، عن التأكيد في خاتمة الكتاب أن عمله هذا ليس سوى محاولة لاقتراف كتابة الرواية دون أن يدّعي أن يتقنها .. أو أتقنها. أهدي هذه الرواية لصديقي الجميل ولكل عاشق للرواية سأم من عجرفة أعداء الرواية.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Agnė

    DISCLAIMER: I received an advance reader’s copy of "Confessions of a Terrorist: A Novel" by Richard Jackson through a LibraryThing.com Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. THINGS I LIKED: 1) Unusual format. The book is written like an official transcript of an interrogation. It even has an official's comments written in cursive and certain parts of the text, which contain information related to the nationa DISCLAIMER: I received an advance reader’s copy of "Confessions of a Terrorist: A Novel" by Richard Jackson through a LibraryThing.com Early Reviewers Program in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. THINGS I LIKED: 1) Unusual format. The book is written like an official transcript of an interrogation. It even has an official's comments written in cursive and certain parts of the text, which contain information related to the national security, are blacked out. These unique features create a feeling that you actually got your hands on some raw material which was not meant for the general public. In addition, a dialogue style makes the reading easy and entertaining, as there are no elaborate descriptions and fancy words used just in written English. 2) Good writing. It's not an easy job to write an entire book as a dialogue between a terrorist and a British intelligence officer without making it sound artificial, but the author completed this task flawlessly. Each of the characters came alive in this novel through their speeches, their distinctive languages and speaking manners, even pauses or sounds made. The author successfully conveyed each character's message as well as their emotions and personalities. 3) Interesting perspective. Instead of trying to understand the motives of terrorists, Western societies depict them as "insane, fanatical, psychologically damaged, cruel, immoral, essentially 'evil,' and most importantly, quite inhuman." In this novel, however, a terrorist has a chance to explain his actions and motives. I was actually shocked to realize that I agree with a lot of his points. Obviously, none of them can justify the awful killings of the innocent civilians but I do agree that the Western governments are not innocent either, yet none of them are perceived as insane or inhuman. So who is the real terrorist in this room? COULD BE BETTER: 1) Repetitiveness. I read the first half of this book very fast but then my pace slowed down quite a bit... The arguments made by each character and supporting examples started coming back. Although repeating some points might help to emphasize them, it makes the novel less exciting. By the end of the interrogation, both characters felt tired, and so did I. VERDICT: 3 out of 5 "Confessions of a Terrorist" is an educational, well written novel, presented in a dialogue format. It is a thought provoking read which offers an unusual point of view on terrorism. Although sometimes a little bit repetitive, this book is definitely worth reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Fathi

    اعترافات ارهابي روايه مثيره جدا وغريبه ، للكاتب ريتشارد نكسون وسأقول سبب غرابتها فيما بعد ، حيث ان احداث الروايه عباره عن تحقيق مطول بين ضابط مخابرات بريطانيmi6 مع شخص متهم بالارهاب !وهذا الشخص من الشرق الاوسط وليس هذا فقط بل من مصر تحديدا ليس هذا فقط بل هو قبطي !! فمع تقدم احداث الرواية وتعمقك فيها ، ومتابعتك للتحقيق او بالاحرى الحديث بين ضابط المخابرات والمتهم وترى الجرائم التي ارتكبها كل منهم وتوازن بنفسك من هو الذي يستحق لقب الارهابي والمجرم هل المتهم ام الضابط؟!! كاتب الروايه هو ريتشارد جاكسون اعترافات ارهابي روايه مثيره جدا وغريبه ، للكاتب ريتشارد نكسون وسأقول سبب غرابتها فيما بعد ، حيث ان احداث الروايه عباره عن تحقيق مطول بين ضابط مخابرات بريطانيmi6 مع شخص متهم بالارهاب !وهذا الشخص من الشرق الاوسط وليس هذا فقط بل من مصر تحديدا ليس هذا فقط بل هو قبطي !! فمع تقدم احداث الرواية وتعمقك فيها ، ومتابعتك للتحقيق او بالاحرى الحديث بين ضابط المخابرات والمتهم وترى الجرائم التي ارتكبها كل منهم وتوازن بنفسك من هو الذي يستحق لقب الارهابي والمجرم هل المتهم ام الضابط؟!! كاتب الروايه هو ريتشارد جاكسون ، وهل تعلمون من هو ريتشارد جاكسون ، هو خبير في التنظيمات الارهابيه الجهاديه ، مصدر الغرابه هنا هو انه يتبنى وجهه النظر العربيه ! هو من خلال الروايه يريد ان يوصل لك فكره انه الارهاب ما هو الا رد فعل على الجرائم التي ارتكبها الغرب في فلسطين والعراق واليمن ولبنان والبوسنه والهرسك وكوسوفو وافغانستان وبورما ......الخ ، الكاتب كما قلت هو خبير في الجماعات الارهابية وله دراسات عديده فيها وهو استرالي الجنسية وليس مسلم او عربي بالطبع . الروايه شيقه وممتعه ونهايتها مفاجئه وغير متوقعه. في النهايه احيي حيادية الكاتب وقوته في السير عكس اتجاه تيار الاعلام الغربي .

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aisling

    This is barely three stars from me. Yes, it is thought provoking and fairly well written dialogue and an interesting topic. But as other reviewers have pointed out, it is ridiculously repetitive and went on far too long. There is a twist at the end but it is not that clever nor does it really work. The only mildly exciting part of the book is when the author has to back himself out of the twist. The margin notes could have added much more to both plot and the novel on the whole but the author di This is barely three stars from me. Yes, it is thought provoking and fairly well written dialogue and an interesting topic. But as other reviewers have pointed out, it is ridiculously repetitive and went on far too long. There is a twist at the end but it is not that clever nor does it really work. The only mildly exciting part of the book is when the author has to back himself out of the twist. The margin notes could have added much more to both plot and the novel on the whole but the author did not go far enough with it. The font of the margin notes was actually hard to read sometimes. I kept plodding ahead with it because I expected something to happen. It barely does.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joe Llewellyn

    “Confessions of a Terrorist” details the interrogation between Michael, a British intelligence officer, and Professor Youssef Said, a wanted terrorist, as they sit at either side of a table in an interrogation room. Written in a unique and accessible style, this novel reads as a transcript, complete with blacked-out text and margin notes from another British intelligence officer. This format, which I have never come across before in any other work of fiction, combined with the passionate convers “Confessions of a Terrorist” details the interrogation between Michael, a British intelligence officer, and Professor Youssef Said, a wanted terrorist, as they sit at either side of a table in an interrogation room. Written in a unique and accessible style, this novel reads as a transcript, complete with blacked-out text and margin notes from another British intelligence officer. This format, which I have never come across before in any other work of fiction, combined with the passionate conversation from the characters, and the well-researched content, was captivating. I eagerly read the book in one go, with only a short break to recharge with some food. Professor Jackson’s book could not have been published at a more important time, with escalating conflict in the Middle East regarding the Islamic State, and running parallel to this, rising Islamophobia throughout the Western World. This has been accompanied by a lack of critical engagement on the nature or causes of these issues. “Confessions of a Terrorist” offers such critical engagement. The fact that is written as a novel also means it has the potential of bringing these issues, and critical perspective, to an audience broader than the usual academic circles. The book challenges the standard portrayal of ‘the terrorist’ as a deranged religious fanatic, as the terrorist is given a voice and space to explain the rationale that lead him to such violent extremes. At the same time, violence perpetrated by Western governments around the world is exposed. This leaves the reader questioning the standard portrayal of the ‘evil’ and ‘immoral’ violent terrorist and the ‘good’ and ‘moral’ western interventionists whose common responses to terrorism only seems to produce more and more violence and suffering, and whose role in the creation of the problem is rarely acknowledged. The roles and righteousness (or lack thereof) of the characters quickly blurs as the novel progresses, leaving the reader questioning, as the blurb reads, “who is the real terrorist in the room?” The content of the novel draws upon the academic literature on terrorism, of which Jackson is clearly well versed. Jackson kindly offers a list for further reading in the back of the book so that the reader can explore the issues in the book further if they wish. This novel is significant for its unique exploration of the causes of terrorism, and more fundamentally what terrorism actually is. Importantly, it does so from a broad range of opinions that are rarely voiced but must be acknowledged if peaceful solutions to conflict are to be found. I recommend it to everyone.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenee Rager

    I won this book from a goodreads giveaway, and while I finished it yesterday I wanted to wait a bit to post a review. My first thoughts about this book are that readers are either going to love it or hate it, I believe that there will be very few readers that come away from the novel feeling so-so about it. At first I was a little caught off guard by the writing style. I didn't necessarily like the transcript style that the novel is written in mostly because it is very accurate and if you have e I won this book from a goodreads giveaway, and while I finished it yesterday I wanted to wait a bit to post a review. My first thoughts about this book are that readers are either going to love it or hate it, I believe that there will be very few readers that come away from the novel feeling so-so about it. At first I was a little caught off guard by the writing style. I didn't necessarily like the transcript style that the novel is written in mostly because it is very accurate and if you have ever read a transcript you know how boring that can be. For some reason the way that the author continuously has the speakers stumble over/repeat words three times (ie: it's like a,a,a lightening bolt) drove me batty. From reading transcripts in court I know that it is actually more common to stumble or repeat a word twice and only on occasion three times. I know this is extremely nitpicky but that's one of the reasons it took me a awhile to get into the book. Once I got past these two issues I began to enjoy the story. I found it very thought-provoking. There are several real-life issues addressed in the book where the US and Britain have participated in attacks that most people would find atrocious and generally would associate with "terrorists". Sadly enough I had not heard of the majority of these events because news outlets simply don't cover them, or at best briefly mention them and in no detail. I found myself stopping reading the book to look up the incidents and was horrified. While I still don't believe in the tactics of "terrorists" the author does a great job of making a reader understand why they may be committing the acts that they do. Like I said I think people will react strongly to this book one way or the other, but the author has definitely achieved his goal of getting people thinking.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Hockey

    I got this book out the library liking the concept of it, but I really feel the execution was poor on so many fronts. Firstly the dialogue is overly "wordy", it gives the impression of two philosophers having a casual conversation over a glass of wine, like in a Platonic dialogue. It does not give a realistic feel of the atmosphere of tension such a scenario would have. Secondly, as others have said, is the repetitiveness. Thirdly, I found the content to be very superficial, and this is one area I got this book out the library liking the concept of it, but I really feel the execution was poor on so many fronts. Firstly the dialogue is overly "wordy", it gives the impression of two philosophers having a casual conversation over a glass of wine, like in a Platonic dialogue. It does not give a realistic feel of the atmosphere of tension such a scenario would have. Secondly, as others have said, is the repetitiveness. Thirdly, I found the content to be very superficial, and this is one area I was really expecting much more. I could have tolerated poor style, and poor realism of dialogue, if it at least had deep and meaningful content. But instead it just skips over the surface repeating the same point in a million different ways. Namely the point: western states do bad violent things also. Well duh, you don't say. I think about half the people in western countries at least already realised long ago that the whole 9/11 response was a complete overblown failure. I think many, if not most people, well realise that terrorist caricatures are largely just a cover to get us in a state of fear to justify getting more control over us all. Bringing in new laws to control our movement, to monitor us all etc... The book doesn't even begin to get into this. It just meanders along on the surface saying the same thing over and over that western state violence is as bad, or worse than the violence of terrorists often. Emphasising the immorality of the west, and the goodness of the terrorist in a thousand ways. The western figure in the book just plays a dumb straw man, while the intellectually refined "professor" terrorist schools him on all walks of life. It does do a good job representing the terrorists perspective, this is one thing Richard Jackson certainly seems to know well. But really, my perspective is I want to understand better what we need to be doing now from the western perspective. All he has to offer for the western world is guilt, feel guilt, you are bad, etc.. This narrative got boring to me a few years ago, particularly given the reality of recent terrorist attacks in the UK. Caricaturing the west is just as bad as caricaturing the motives of Islam. This book does both. It caricatures Islam as always the innocent oppressed victim, and the west as always the thoughtless big bully. I don't deny this was an important realisation for the west to have and to change its ways. But to my mind the west already had this realisation some years ago, certainly most of its people, if not some of its corrupt political and economic leaders. The reality now is much more complex than this simplistic reading. And beating home the same point over and over isn't going to help anyone. For a book of this kind written with much more depth, and literary style, I recommend Harm by Brian Aldiss. That does not fall into the trap of a simplistic moralising good/bad narrative, it exposes the reality of good and bad on all sides, which, to my mind, is the only realistic way to assess this very difficult political situation. Human nature itself has a bad side to it that we need to be aware of. The danger, the threat of terror, is in all of us, both as a potential victim of its fear inducement, and as a potential perpetrator of its controlling tactics. This is what we need to be aware of. It is not either/or, as is the theme of this book, with the book all morally slanted on the one side. Painting one side as innocent and the other as guilty, for me caricatures, and in some important way, dehumanises all of us, and I don't see anything good coming from that.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Monia

    الارهاب لا فائدة منه ، الدولة ... المجتمع الذي تقاتله .. قوي جدا .. وقتل الناس العشوائي بهذا الشكل سيجعل الجميع يبغضونكم ، أيا كان الرسالة التي تعتقد أنك تقوم بتوجيهها ستضيع في الصدمة والرعب من الفعل نفسه ولن يستمع أحد إليك ... الارهاب أو التطرف هو عندما يؤيد الأفراد استخدام العنف الشديد لتحقيق هدف سياسي أو لفرض أيديولوجية متطرفة أو حملة واسعة من القصف العنيف .. مثال لذلك يمكن لطائرة مقاتلة واحدة إسقاط الكثير من القنابل ويمكنها ان تطلق الصواريخ ... تلك المقاتلات التي تستخدم في الحروب ضد أفغانستان الارهاب لا فائدة منه ، الدولة ... المجتمع الذي تقاتله .. قوي جدا .. وقتل الناس العشوائي بهذا الشكل سيجعل الجميع يبغضونكم ، أيا كان الرسالة التي تعتقد أنك تقوم بتوجيهها ستضيع في الصدمة والرعب من الفعل نفسه ولن يستمع أحد إليك ... الارهاب أو التطرف هو عندما يؤيد الأفراد استخدام العنف الشديد لتحقيق هدف سياسي أو لفرض أيديولوجية متطرفة أو حملة واسعة من القصف العنيف .. مثال لذلك يمكن لطائرة مقاتلة واحدة إسقاط الكثير من القنابل ويمكنها ان تطلق الصواريخ ... تلك المقاتلات التي تستخدم في الحروب ضد أفغانستان والعراق وفلسطين والتي يمكن أن تقتل آلاف الأشخاص الأبرياء دفعة واحدة .... بالنسبة للغرب هذا لا يعد ارهابا وانما حرب قانونية .... بينما إذا فقد مزارع ساقيه بقصف من قبل الأمم المتحدة في سيراليون ألا يعد هذا عنفا ... بينما إذا فقد جندي غاز من مانشستر ساقه في انفجار من قبل مقاتلي طالبان في أفغانستان يسمي عنفا مفرطا... اذا الارهاب ليس حكرا علي الاسلام والمسلمين او العرب.ان ديننا الاسلام والذي نفخر به لم يحثنا او يحرضنا علي القتل بلا ذنب، ان الاسلام هو دين التسامح والاخلاق ، دين اليسر وليس العسر... يؤمن الغرب بأن صورة الارهابي هو ذلك الشخص الملتحي المؤمن القادم من المساجد ويؤدي الفروض التي امرنا بها الله ويتبع سنة سيدنا محمد. الا ان الارهابي هو من يتخد التطرف اساسا له ويحرف كلام الله ورسوله كيفما يخدم اهدافه ورغباته، الإرهابي هو من يستخدم العنف وسيلة لتحقيق أهدافه ومطامعه السياسية. ماذا عن تيموثي مك فاي أو اندري بهرنغ بريفيك ... ألم يكونا مسيحيين متطرفين؟!. الارهابي هو من يقتل الابرياء ويسفك الدماء بغير حق، الارهابي ليس بالضرورة ان يكون مسلما انما قد يكون من اي ديانة او دولة غير عربية. الارهابي ليس فقط من يستخدم الاسلحة والمتفجرات للقتل فقط كما يتم يتم ترويجه في وسائل الاعلام عن المسلمين والعرب ... وانما قد يكون ارهاب عن طريق العقل وغسل الدماغ ليسبب انهيار المجتمعات واضمحلال المناطق الحضرية والمساكن الجماعية والعصابات والمخدرات والشراب الكحولي والجريمة وما يدعي بالمثلية المقرفة كما يحدث في دول الغرب الغير مسلمة الغير عربية... أليس قصف إسرائيل لفلسطين ارهابا ... أليس تهجريهم من بيوتهم والاستيلاء علي أراضيهم بالقوة هو ارهابا... سنة بعد سنة يستحوذ الاسرائيليون علي مزيد من الأراضي للاستيطان ويطلقون النار علي المتظاهرين ويسحقون الفلسطينين ... ألا يمكننا القول ان مارغريت تاتشر وريغان وبوش وبلير متطرفين أصوليين عنيفين. لنضع جانبا تعامل تاتشر مع عمال المناجم والذي كان عنيفا ... ماذا عن حروبهم في العراق وأفغانستان وليبيا وسيراليون وكل حروبهم الأخرى ؟!. اذا ان الرغبة في العيش في ظل الشريعة الإسلامية هو أمر طبيعي ووجهة نظر مقبولة تماما لحوالي مليار شخص مسلم حول العالم وهي تعادل الرغبة في العيش في دولة ديمقراطية ليبرالية للغربيين. الارهاب ليس الاسلام ... ليس المسلمين .... ليس العرب ... الارهاب ... لا دين ... لا وطن ... لا لون ... لا عرق له ... في نهاية الامر ان مصدر إرادتك كإنسان، وما يدفعك إلي اتخاذ قرار معين ويجعلك تختار مسارا دون الآخر هو الثورة لا الاحتجاج .. المقاومة وليس الخنوع ... الفعالية وليس الاستسلام... اعترافات ارهابي

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nayif Alsinani

    بالرغم من أن المؤلف شخصا أكاديميا وكتب العديد من المقالات والكتب الأكاديمية ضمن هذا المجال إلا أن البرفسور جاكسون اختار هذه المرة التحول إلى العمل الأدبي لكي يصل ما أراده إلى جمهور واسع للأعمال الأدبية مثل الروايات حسب قوله ان معظم جمهور الأعمال الأكاديمية هو "جمهور رمادي" ينحصر في طلبة الجامعات والدراسة الأكاديمية و ربما بعض المهتمين و الصحفيين . بينما جمهور الأعمال الأدبية هو جمهور أوسع . الكتاب عبارة عن رواية خيالية تحكي أحداث تحقيق بين إرهابي(البروفسور وهو مدرس جامعي ) و أحد عناصر جهاز مكافحة بالرغم من أن المؤلف شخصا أكاديميا وكتب العديد من المقالات والكتب الأكاديمية ضمن هذا المجال إلا أن البرفسور جاكسون اختار هذه المرة التحول إلى العمل الأدبي لكي يصل ما أراده إلى جمهور واسع للأعمال الأدبية مثل الروايات حسب قوله ان معظم جمهور الأعمال الأكاديمية هو "جمهور رمادي" ينحصر في طلبة الجامعات والدراسة الأكاديمية و ربما بعض المهتمين و الصحفيين . بينما جمهور الأعمال الأدبية هو جمهور أوسع . الكتاب عبارة عن رواية خيالية تحكي أحداث تحقيق بين إرهابي(البروفسور وهو مدرس جامعي ) و أحد عناصر جهاز مكافحة الإرهاب البريطاني ويدور النقاش أثناء التحقيق حول الارهابيين و أهدافهم ولما يتوجه بعض بعض الأفراد إلى الإرهابب؛ لتحقيق أهداف مختلفة ، وكيف تتعامل الدول الكبرى مع مشكلة الإرهاب وطرح مفهوم الإرهاب في الشرق الأوسط والمنطقة العربية ، سيغير المؤلف من وجهة نظرك عن الإرهاب ونشأته الذي نقله لنا الإعلام الغربي والأجهزة الاستخباراتية و يجعلك وتتسأل في النهاية من هو الإرهابي فعلا ؟. حبكة الرواية قوية جدا ولكن الانتقال بين أهم حدثني لم يكن بتلك السلاسة يجعلك تشعر بأن حلقة وصل مفقودة بينهما ، النهاية غير متوقعة حيث يكتشف القارئ فجأة ان المحقق ما هو الا شخص مُختطف لدى الإرهابي يمرر المؤلف الكثير من الأفكار لدى الحكومات عن المجموعات الإرهابية وكيفية التعامل معها ، وعن المجموعات الإرهابية المختلفة ومعتقداتهم .... الكتاب رائع و الترجمة جيدة جدا من وجهة نظري أفكار كثيرة وغير اعتيادية يحتويها الكتاب تتضح لنا أسرار مع سير الرواية ..... الإكثار من التكرار و السرد المطول جعل الرواية طويلة جدا على ما بها من أحداث قليلة .

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Evanko

    If you are reading this as a fictional novel and not a commentary on the duality of war/terror in the middle East, you are reading it wrong. (In my opinion) This book is much stronger if you read carefully and critically dissect the conversation between the two. Look for logical errors on both of their parts. Engage! Great book, would recommend for those wanting to deepen their understanding the motives around terrorism. (Both Western and Easter)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ajit Panicker

    A Great Read It was a wonderful read. A perspective which people in normal course would never understand. Why a terrorist becomes a terrorist is not always because he has suffered himself but may also be because he has seen the suffering around so painful that he could not continue to live a normal life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    محمد عبدالكريم

    من الكتب الرائعة ، الكتب التي تترك اثراً للقارئ وتغير من افكاره ومفهومه عن الإرهاب ، اعترافات ارهابي يناقش قضية عالمية والمعني فيها شعوب الشرق الاوسط ، ريتشارد جاكسون سيجعلك ترى الارهاب بوجهة نظر مختلفة عن ما ينقله لك الاعلام العالمي والجهات الاستخبارتية ، ويجيب على السؤال الأهم ؛ من هو الارهابي ؟

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    من هو الإرهابي ؟ وماهي دوافعه ؟ هل هو يؤمن بالشر حقا أم يؤمن بالتضحية من أجل الآخرين عن طريق العنف ؟ من الأبشع الإرهابي أم جرائم وإبادات الحكومات؟ البروفسور النيوزلندي ريتشارد جاكسون بكتابه الرائع سيغير نظرتك للإرهاب الشرقي والغربي.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mariyam

    من هوٓ الإرهابي فعلاً؟

  15. 5 out of 5

    Birs Karaarslan

    One of the best books I have ever read. Answers many questions and simply summarizes everything we need to know about what terrorism really is.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    DNF

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anne Bleeker

    Are we already in God's waiting room.. trying to decide which one of us is the terrorist?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alonzo

    Advanced Reader's Copy Review: The night I began reading Richard Jackson's Confessions of a Terrorist: A Novel, I didn't stop before finishing a third of it, it was difficult to put it down. Part of this is the style, it is written in the format of a Top Secret transcription of an audio or video recording of an interrogation of a MI5 agent and a terrorist/militant. There are no chapter breaks, so it's easy to just keep right on reading and the content makes it hard to simply close it and put it d Advanced Reader's Copy Review: The night I began reading Richard Jackson's Confessions of a Terrorist: A Novel, I didn't stop before finishing a third of it, it was difficult to put it down. Part of this is the style, it is written in the format of a Top Secret transcription of an audio or video recording of an interrogation of a MI5 agent and a terrorist/militant. There are no chapter breaks, so it's easy to just keep right on reading and the content makes it hard to simply close it and put it down. Jackson, with this novel, seeks to shake up his readers' preconceptions and notions concerning those labeled as terrorists by the media. That seems to be one of his few aims: to show that those so quickly tagged as terrorists are human beings, having people they love, who love them; and who want people to hear them. Jackson writes: “I have rarely found artistic or media depictions of terrorists that seemed authentic or which corresponded to the completely normal, often intelligent, complex and committed people I had personally spoken to” (319). He presents the terrorist in this light; i.e. the opposite of the way they are usually presented in films and the media. The author wants to put the readers in the room during the interrogation, to help them ask tough questions. Jackson lives up to his goal, stated on the jacket copy, to blur the line between the interrogator and the terrorist. There are passages that could catch readers nodding their heads in agreement and then, catch them feeling a twinge of guilt for doing so. I read that it is in the style of Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. I agree with that in that it is a story that takes place in an intense conversation between two characters: one a Westerner, the other a suspected terrorist. There the similarity breaks down. Jackson's novel is presented as a trascript (as I've already stated), with anotations by those higher up the chain of command; annotations that the fictional authority writes to convince others to expunge parts of the recording and the transcription to cover their collective backsides. Jackson recommends those who are inclined, should try to find as much information as they can, and to talk to militants, if possible. If you enjoyed The Reluctant Fundamentalist, or are interested in a different perspective view on the issue of terrorists and their behavior, I highly recommend this novel. The author writes, “A novel like this is a small step, but a necessary one, to tearing down the veil of ignorance which currently lies over most of what we currently say and do about terrorism” (322). He also includes a suggested reading list for those interested in knocking down that “veil of ignorance.” I plan to re-read this novel, and to work my way through Jackson's "Recommended Reading" list on terrorism and terrorists.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

    I received ARC from the author Richard Jackson, in exchange for my honest opinion This is my honest opinion. First I have to say "Thank you very much to the author , Richard Jackson for allowing me to read an ARC of his first novel. This novel is so moving an has so much to say an really makes you think. It opens in a dark, dirty , cold cell- with just 2 men. Both are soldiers of war- one a British soldier the other is what everyone refers to as a terrorists. There names are Micheal and Profess I received ARC from the author Richard Jackson, in exchange for my honest opinion This is my honest opinion. First I have to say "Thank you very much to the author , Richard Jackson for allowing me to read an ARC of his first novel. This novel is so moving an has so much to say an really makes you think. It opens in a dark, dirty , cold cell- with just 2 men. Both are soldiers of war- one a British soldier the other is what everyone refers to as a terrorists. There names are Micheal and Professor, but as you are reading the book, you find yourself just reading (M) and (P). This book is so much like reading a military manuscript. It has black out areas where the military does not want you to see what was there. M starts out asking P what made he become a terrorist? P asks him why did he join the military?? This conversation goes on long into the night. Finally, P tells him about a little boy that was shot in the square one day him Micheal best friend was shot. M said you where there? Yes. After you left, I ran to the boy with my men: we tried to help but he died. Did you know his name was Shimir?? That's the name I go by , because no one remembers him. But I do, I remember all the children that have been killed, the mothers, daughters. P goes onto explain about the make shift bombs. I could write more about this book. But , let me tell you one thing that was written here in this book. With every terrorist that is out there, behind the scenes; we ( our country, Ireland, England, or what ever country that needs to bring home people) are making deals behind the scenes after the first attack has happen. I recommend this book, along with the author's reading list of books. Which I plan on reading. I love my country, but we need to know more especially how they are getting their information about soldiers and their family's.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marcy

    I received an advanced reader copy of this through the GoodReads First Reads program. I generally liked this book. It was written in an interesting way, not just a transcript of an interview but one with commentary noted in the margins and such to give you a perspective on who was in control/planning for the use of the information coming out of the event. I was surprised at the twist that came about two-thirds of the way in and liked it. The only real complaint I have is that there aren't many goo I received an advanced reader copy of this through the GoodReads First Reads program. I generally liked this book. It was written in an interesting way, not just a transcript of an interview but one with commentary noted in the margins and such to give you a perspective on who was in control/planning for the use of the information coming out of the event. I was surprised at the twist that came about two-thirds of the way in and liked it. The only real complaint I have is that there aren't many good break points -- if you're the type who likes to read a chapter and then stick a bookmark in to pick back up tomorrow, or whatever (and I am), this book can be a little frustrating. Given the format, though, it makes sense -- an interrogation isn't going to have a lot of breaks, so the book reflects that.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Todd Barwick

    I did win a copy of this book, and am giving my honest review. the format to this book was ok, but I did not like the big twist near the end. (I won't tell you what it is, as I do not want to spoil the book) but I do believe the author took advantage of the situation of the reader not being able to see the characters. This story would be very hard, if not impossible, to transfer to the small or big screen, and that is one of the main criteria I look for in a book. Can I picture the characters, c I did win a copy of this book, and am giving my honest review. the format to this book was ok, but I did not like the big twist near the end. (I won't tell you what it is, as I do not want to spoil the book) but I do believe the author took advantage of the situation of the reader not being able to see the characters. This story would be very hard, if not impossible, to transfer to the small or big screen, and that is one of the main criteria I look for in a book. Can I picture the characters, can I see the action. I could not. So while the story was fair, the presentation was a little lacking, and since there were no chapters, it was hard to decide when to stop reading, and you could not read it in one sitting. 2.8 stars out of 5, but this was an advanced uncorrected copy, so maybe with a few changes that score could bump up a bit.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Reading Fool

    I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book. Interesting premise. Two men are in an interrogation room: one is a British intelligence officer, the other is an Arab terrorist. The book is the transcript of the conversation between the two, with parts redacted by British intelligence in anticipation of public reaction. As the two talk for hours, each explains to the other why he does what he does, feels what he feels. The question eventually arises: who is the real terrorist in the room? The a I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book. Interesting premise. Two men are in an interrogation room: one is a British intelligence officer, the other is an Arab terrorist. The book is the transcript of the conversation between the two, with parts redacted by British intelligence in anticipation of public reaction. As the two talk for hours, each explains to the other why he does what he does, feels what he feels. The question eventually arises: who is the real terrorist in the room? The author presents a point of view not readily presented in the media. Very thought-provoking and eye-opening.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Received through Advanced Reader Giveaway on Library Thing. Pretty good book. Really makes you take a different look at terrorism and war as a whole, who par takes in it, why they choose to partake etc. The only thing I wasn't a fan of were the notations...I felt they were pretty useless and stopped reading them after a while.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Sorry guys, this one was way to slow for me, it put me to sleep. I received an advanced copy from Goodreads.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sal Fernz

    Nice idea, but one of the few books not captivating enough for me to finish reading.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nwaf

    قرائتي كانت إعترافات إرهابي - ريتشارد جاكسون النسخة العربية المترجمة من منشورات المتوسط

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kertu

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jah Gaz

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly L

    While this didn't end up being my type of book, the writing style was great.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erika :)

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