by Brian W. Aldiss
Review by Todd Baker
Del Rey Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345496713
Date: 29 May 2007 List Price $21.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Paul Ali, a British national of Muslim descent, is suspected of being a terrorist by the Hostile Activities Research Ministry—HARM. Held in an undisclosed location, but one where torture is sanctioned, he is questioned relentlessly about his background, his travels, and especially a comic novel he has written, Pied Piper of Hament, which his interrogators insist is a subversive tract. Referred to as Prisoner B, he is made to endure pain and dehumanizing abuse, but during moments of unconsciousness, he escapes to Stygia . . . From official release/information:
From back of book: In this paranoid near-future, political detainee Paul Ali--a young writer of Muslim heritage--is held for questioning without legal representation and isolated form the outside world. Forced to endure brutal interrogation, his only escape is found on an alien planet he creates within his mind. A searing indictment of our fear-drenched political climate, Harm is a powerfully compact masterwork that is sure to be one of the most passionately discussed books of the year.
(Source: Del Rey)