Anton Piatigorsky Al-Tounsi: A Novel

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Al-Tounsi: A Novel

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The powerful debut novel by Anton Piatigorsky.How do the personal lives of Supreme Court Justices affect their decisions?Al-Tounsi tells the behind-the-scenes story of U.S. Supreme Court Justices as they consider a landmark case involving the rights of detainees held in an overseas U.S. military base.Inspired by a true case from 2008 addressing Guantanamo Bay, the fictional lawsuit of Al-Tounsi v. Shaw pits Majid Al-Tounsi, an Egyptian prisoner, against the President of the United States. It challenges U.S. laws that apply to non-citizens under wartime circumstances and the extent of executive power.As the controversial case maneuvers through the minds and hands of the Justices, the novel explores in detail how the personal life dramas, career rivalries, and political sympathies of these judicial titans blend with their philosophies to create the most important legal decisions of our time.

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Anton Piatigorsky (Toronto, Ontario) is an award-winning writer of plays, librettos and fiction. The Iron Bridge, his first work of fiction, published by Steerforth Press, an imprint of Random House, is a collection of short stories about 20th Century dictators as teenagers, and was named a runner up for the 2012 Danuta Gleed Literary Award. As a playwright, Anton is the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore awards for best new play, the Summerworks Prize, the 2005 Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Protégé Award for playwrighting, and numerous other nominations. Anton is presently teaching Research and Creative Writing in the Arts and Science program at McMaster University. Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Anton studied religion and theatre at Brown University. He is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, and lives in Toronto.

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"This remarkable book marries a sophisticated understanding of the law to an even deeper grasp of human nature. The result is revelatory: insight into both current legal issues and the timeless problems of being human.

  • Kermit Roosevelt, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School and author of Allegiance: A Novel
"Al-Tounsi is at once a remarkable novel of the law and of human relationships. The Supreme Court is the pinnacle of American jurisprudence but it's also a very small and very intimate workplace, staffed by nine erratic geniuses; in Al-Tounsi it's all on display, along with one searingly familiar case about wartime detainees."
  •  Ben H. Winters, author of Underground Airlines
"A wonderful read. Piatigorsky has created a fictional Supreme Court filled with fascinating justices handling a case that easily could be real. Al-Tounsi is a powerful reminded that justices are human and that, as much as the law, determines how important cases are decided."
  • Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California, Irvine School of Law and author of ten books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court

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