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Cuba's Wild EastA Literary Geography of Oriente$
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Peter Hulme

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317484

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317170

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‘Less than human’: Guantánamo Bay (2002)

‘Less than human’: Guantánamo Bay (2002)

(p.372) Chapter Eight ‘Less than human’: Guantánamo Bay (2002)
Cuba's Wild East
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This chapter reviews the writing coming out of the US prison camps at Guantánamo Bay. Guantánamo Bay is a huge natural feature of south-east Cuba. Tom Miller account of Guantánamo Bay presents shadow-boxing between the US and Cuban forces, both knowing that overt conflict is unlikely, but both well prepared for any eventuality. The US Naval Station on Guantánamo Bay is an anomaly, a ‘black hole’. This chapter also addresses Erik Saar as a linguist and interpreter at Camp Delta, as well as James Yee as a Muslim chaplain for the camps. Saar and Yee discover a tension between the splendour of the setting and the purposes of the prison camps.

Keywords:   US prison camps, Guantánamo Bay, Tom Miller, US Naval Station, black hole, Erik Saar, James Yee, Camp Delta

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