Their experiences were just a blip in the civil rights catastrophe that was Katrina. The Associated Press contributed to this report. He is also extra careful to follow all the civil rules – he doesn't speed or cut through red lights or park where he shouldn't. Landrum-Johnson found him guilty of the felony stalking charge at a bench trial on June 6, 2016. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. What dark thoughts? She dashed back to the city from Texas, where she had been staying with friends. "Stay away from them," Landrum-Johnson told Zeitoun, leaning forward from the bench while looking at him. Abdulrahman Zeitoun is not the calm and peaceful man that Eggers portrayed. Further on, we come to the residence of a man who was stranded and to whom Zeitoun brought food and water every day while he still had his canoe and his liberty. Kathy seats me in the neat and orderly living room, which is dominated by cream leather sofas and a watercolour of a street scene from her husband's native Syria. Zeitoun is revered in his adopted city as a fair and hardworking businessman. While Zeitoun was incarcerated, first at Camp Greyhound and then in a maximum-security prison, Kathy was, as she puts it, "battling her own demons". "You guys are al-Qaida," came the reply. Zeitoun was detained for almost a month before he was released on $75,000 (£50,000) bail for having looted his own house. Subject of post-Katrina book, 'Zeitoun,' sentenced to 4 years for stalking, Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. Nor will he contemplate quitting New Orleans. ", We set off by car along the maze of streets around his neighbourhood. Zeitoun, Egypt, a suburb outside Cairo. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. But I've come to the conclusion that I don't control anything. He announced his intention to appeal the conviction and sentence. Kathy and Zeitoun walked into the lobby, and suddenly Kathy caught sight of Jordan out front, surrounded by reporters. "That's where I kept the canoe tied, like you'd tie up your horse. At the centre of the book is Kathy's husband, Abdulrahman, or Zeitoun as he is universally known, a New Orleans building contractor who has attained almost mythical status. But when Zeitoun was carted off there, he and his three companions found themselves surrounded by 80 or so men with assault rifles and dogs, a mixture of National Guardsmen, prison wardens and soldiers, some of whom had recently been serving in Iraq and who seemed to approach the situation in New Orleans with a war-zone mentality. My life is here now," he says. "I felt very bad. To win the argument, Zeitoun compared God to a ship captain ferrying humans through the dangerous seas. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers is published by Hamish Hamilton in hardback on 15 March, £18.99. But surely that suggests that he fears another Katrina, I ask him. It was 6 September, six days after the hurricane, and he was in the house – his own property, which he rents out – along with a Syrian friend, Nasser Dayoob, his tenant Todd Gambino and Ronnie, a white man Zeitoun didn't know but who had asked to stay in the house for shelter. The reason for her current preoccupation is the publication of the new book by that one-man literary factory Dave Eggers, whose best-known previous work is the memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. (OPSO) "I really don't feel we deserve all this attention," he says in a thick Middle-Eastern accent. "Katrina was a great reality slap. No other questions. Despite facing some mild prejudice after 9/11, Zeitoun has built a life that is both financially and socially successful. Other questions:subscriberservices@theadvocate.com. God left me here for a reason. I'm in control of nothing," she says. Saturday afternoon and the Zeitoun household is bustling with activity, as you quickly get the impression it always is. On every street corner he has a tale to tell. The book, entitled Zeitoun, is, as its name suggests, a very personal telling of a national tragedy. "Until I step out on to the street – then it all comes back to me.". ", It was like a dagger blow for Zeitoun, for himself personally and for his vision of America, the country where he had come to live as a young merchant seaman from Syria and which he had always believed was a land of fairness and opportunity. In the letter she asks the judge to impose the maximum sentence, saying Zeitoun "went through great lengths to make our live as miserable as possible." Abdulrahman Zeitoun is the real-life hero of Dave Eggers's new book. About The Book Abdulrahman Zeitoun is a Syrian-born entrepreneur who runs a busy painting Page 2/12. I felt lost.". A week later Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. Zeitoun was completely content, despite the grueling labor. Barker objected to the denial for a new trial and to the sentencing. Zeitoun By Dave Eggers Vintage 368 pages Paperback $16.00 About This Guide This guide is intended to enhance your group’s reading and discussion of Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun, a harrowing nonfiction account of what happened to one man, and his family, in … Kathy seats me in the neat and orderly living room, which is dominated by cream leather sofas and a watercolour of a street scene from her husband's native Syria. Then, when he is arrested and imprisoned without being allowed to communicate and without being charged, he is helpless. At the center of it all, on Tumanbay Street, sat … On November 8th, Zeitoun was indicted for attempted first-degree murder and solicitation of first-degree murder. "Zeitoun," he says in self-introduction, as though there were any doubt. I felt like I was a little kid again – with no say-so, no rights, no voice. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared. On November 8th, Zeitoun was indicted for attempted first-degree murder and solicitation of first-degree murder. Imagine you see a doctor and you shout at him, 'Can you help me? Increasingly angry, Kathy reiterated what had happened to her husband as loudly as she could, in front of the reporters. In June 2018, freshmen at Pentucket High School were assigned the nonfiction book Zeitoun by Dave Eggers for their summer reading assignment. The children are starting to sleep in their own beds again having for years insisted on cramming into their parents' for security. In June 2013, another judge acquitted Zeitoun in a bench trial on charges that he tried to beat his ex-wife, Kathy Zeitoun, to death with a tire iron in 2012 and later offered another inmate $20,000 to kill her. “Zeitoun is a riveting, intimate, wide-scanning, disturbing, inspiring nonfiction account of a New Orleans married couple named Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun who were dragged through their own special branch of Kafkaesque (for once the adjective is unavoidable) hell after Hurricane Katrina. Blackwell North Amer When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American and father of four, chose to stay through the storm to protect his house and contracting business. Then we arrive at Claiborne Avenue where the weirdness truly began. Zeitoun helped the woman reach safety in a fishing boat, which was no small feat given that she weighed 90kg (14st). April 2, 1968. they asked a passing soldier. I did what I was brought up to do – to help people.". Kathy Zeitoun, dressed in a blue silk shirt and matching hijab, is fluttering around making spiced pumpkin-flavoured coffee and answering the constantly ringing phone. "I don't want to give these guys the chance to do the same thing to me again.". Beside it is a framed 3D model of the Qur'an. And now here he was being called a terrorist. To prove the point to himself, perhaps, he plans to buy another boat; his canoe went missing following his arrest. Abdulrahman Zeitoun was sentenced to four years in prison Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, for felony stalking. She cites abuse or threats on her and her daughters by Zeitoun. For two weeks she had no word from her husband, concluding in the end that he must be dead. So far he has renovated a museum, some schools and about 250 houses damaged in the floods. Kathy Zeitoun, dressed in a blue silk shirt and matching hijab, is fluttering around making spiced pumpkin-flavoured coffee and answering the constantly ringing phone. Noises emanating from four of her five children bubble up like broth from the back room where they are watching Kung Fu Panda on a giant flat-screen TV. Nothing else. Beside it is a framed 3D model of the Qur'an. . It does so exclusively through the eyes of the Zeitouns. He swam to the front door and inside found a woman in her 70s hovering above him. Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy an American who converted to Islam and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the United States generally) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun … Then, on 19 September, she learned of his detention from a missionary who called her after having seen Zeitoun in prison. He has never even thought of abandoning the US. Not only is he the dominant character in the 339 pages of Eggers's book, but in the US press he has been dubbed an "all-American hero" for the phlegmatic way he conducted himself in the midst of catastrophe. In the days after the storm, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on … I was naive before – I felt I had things under control. Landrum-Johnson set a February court date to follow up on the status of a possible appeal. Prior to sentencing Zeitoun, Landrum-Johnson denied his request for a new trial. aturday afternoon and the Zeitoun household is bustling with activity, as you quickly get the impression it always is. It explores what happens when the entire fabric of society collapses, plunging a city into a parallel universe where there is no justice, no government, no protection, no respect. Zeitoun, 60, who completed a four-year Louisiana prison sentence in March after his conviction on felony stalking, can remain free in the U.S. as an … After a few years of apprenticeship in the Syrian port city of Jableh, Zeitoun spent twenty years working at sea as a muscleman, engineer and fisherman. ", "She was inside the house holding on to the bookshelf with water up to her shoulder," Zeitoun recalls, as we stand outside the house. At this point, our journey begins its descent to a much darker place. He turns up an hour and a half late, which Kathy insists is wholly true to form and actually not that bad: he kept her waiting for two hours on their wedding day. Noises emanating from four of her five children bubble up like broth from the back room where they are watching Kung Fu Panda on a giant flat-screen TV. Our tour continues and we pass the house of a local Baptist church pastor and his wife whom the Zeitouns had known for years and who similarly cried out for help. This is a true story that tells about the experiences of a Muslim family, the Zeitouns, before, during, and after the storm. Eggers worked closely with Abdulrahman Zeitoun (known simply as "Zeitoun") and his American wife Kathy to faithfully represent Zeitoun's experiences when he remained in New Orleans to … These guys wanted revenge on us, no matter what.". Download File PDF Zeitoun By Dave Eggers ... Zeitoun visits his many work sites he asks. "Why are we here?" He comes into the room straight from a building site with his trousers splattered in mud. As he paddled by, Zeitoun explains, he heard a voice faintly crying "Help!". Eggers spent three years on and off interviewing the family, then translating their memories into his trademark vivid yet restrained prose. The first stop we make is at a house of grey clapboard standing on stilts. The nadir came for her when she tried to find out the address of the courthouse where he was due to appear, charged with looting. ", "I am afraid of him, not only because of attempts on my life, but because I don't want my children to suffer any longer," reads the letter. The request argued prosecutors failed to prove, among other things, that Zeitoun had intended to commit the crime of felony stalking. All in all, Zeitoun reckons he must have helped to save or rescue more than 10 neighbours. Today, a personal story of a national tragedy. Zeitoun is a moving and eye-opening journalistic account of a much-loved and respected Syrian-born small business owner and resident of New Orleans in the days before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. It was not read aloud in court. Zaytoun (organisation), a non-profit organisation marketing Palestinian olive oil products; People. . "The way I thought of it was, anything you can do to help. Zeitoun takes us on a guided tour of the route that he negotiated in his canoe in the days after the storm. He had come initially in search of work, never expecting to stay, but he then met Kathy, a local Louisiana woman who had converted to Islam four years previously. "Most of the time I don't think about what happened at all," Kathy says, as she pours the coffee. While Kathy and the kids joined the mass evacuation from the city, he hunkered down at home; and when the levees broke and the flood water poured in, he put to use a battered old canoe he owned to navigate the streets of his neighbourhood, now turned into canals. After Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, Abdulrahman Zeitoun canoed through the city, rescuing neighbors and bringing them bottled water — until he was wrongfully arrested by … About The Book Abdulrahman Zeitoun is a Syrian-born entrepreneur who runs a busy painting company in New Orleans. The memory of people refusing to help. Dave Eggers’s riveting account of what happened to this hardworking Muslim immigrant makes it impossible to put the book down. Judge Frank Marullo, since retired, found that the other inmate was a liar. As they approach the fifth anniversary of those events, the Zeitouns have managed with striking success to put their lives back together. Zeitoun, Zeytoun, Żejtun, Zaytoun, Zeitun, Zitouna, "Zetum" or Zeita (all derived from the Arabic word for "olive tree") may refer to: Organisations. She says her memory has been affected after her ex-husband used her "as a punching bag. I cried harder then than I did at any other time. "It happened before," he says. He was kept penned up at the bus station for three days and nights, and interviewed by officers from homeland security who seemed to think they had caught a big fish. Although what happened following Zeitoun’s arrest was certainly traumatic, not all of his memories from the time after the storm are so negative—he takes solace in remembering how calm, peaceful, and helpful he felt maneuvering throughout the city and assisting those in need. What he did was to stay in New Orleans when the hurricane struck, driven by a conviction that that is where he belonged. The closest thing it reminded him of was Guantánamo. The others fared worse: Dayoob, Gambino and Ronnie spent five, six and eight months in prison respectively, despite Zeitoun's efforts to prise them out. Dave Eggers's latest book, Zeitoun, patiently unravels the harrowing tale of how Kathy Zeitoun, a Louisiana native who grew up in a southern Baptist … In recent days Kathy has been forced to think back a lot on the events leading up to and following 29 August 2005, when hurricane Katrina ripped through her city of New Orleans, breaching its levees and immersing much of it, including her home, in several feet of water. Despite that, he refuses to be bitter and vengeful. Kathy walked right up to him and explained the situation, but Jordan said there was nothing he could do. We get back into the car and retrace the route of that boat ride, stopping at the Greyhound bus station near the city centre. Landrum-Johnson, explaining her decision to deny the request, cited testimony about the "history of physical abuse on the victim and daughter.". A line drawing of him in the boat is printed on the cover of Eggers's book, and the film director Jonathan Demme plans to make an animated movie of his story next year. Another soldier said as he passed: "Taliban. Our Lady of Zeitoun, also known simply as El-Zeitoun, Zeitun or rarely Our Lady of Light, was a mass Marian apparition that occurred in the Zeitoun district of Cairo, Egypt, over a period of 2–3 years beginning on April 2, 1968. Kathy had suffered abuse from the beginning of her marriage to Abdulrahman. "All he did was look at my ID," Zeitoun says, "and that was enough. 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