On the truth of Dave Eggers' nonfiction book "Zeitoun"
Eggers portrays Zeitoun as a saint and a hero in his book, apparently not caring about Zeitoun's continuing brutal abuse of his wife enough to complicate his narrative.
Much like how Eggers decided not to complicate his memoir "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" by mentioning how much support he received from his sister who was all but removed from history.
Does Eggers have a problem with women? Or just with hacking his nonfiction books into shape without gross misunderstandings?
Eggers’s Zeitoun is a loving family man — peaceful, calm, and devoted to his wife. Jonathan Demme’s animated film based on Eggers’s book might have to be put on hold, considering Zeitoun’s post-publication spate of domestic battery charges, which includes punching his now ex-wife in the back of her head and striking her with a tire iron; and even more so now that Zeitoun has been in jail since July 25.
On November 8th, a state grand jury in Orleans Parish indicted Zeitoun for allegedly trying to kill Ms. Zeitoun and then ordering a hit on her from behind bars. The indictment replaces several other charges against Zeitoun, in an effort to speed the way to a trial, averting a preliminary hearing. Zeitoun remains in jail, with bail set at more than one million dollars.
“If he’s released from jail,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Faveret asked Ms. Zeitoun in court, “would you be fearful for your life?”
“I’d be dead,” Ms. Zeitoun replied.
The first degree charges stem from additional factors: Ms. Zeitoun had a restraining order in place before the beating, and that Abdulrahman Zeitoun allegedly ordered other hits — on Ms. Zeitoun’s son and another man — from jail.