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117 Days: An Account of Confinement & Interrogation Under the South African 90-Day Detention Law

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  •  117 Days: An Account of Confinement & Interrogation Under the South African 90-Day Detention Law
    Title: 117 Days: An Account of Confinement & Interrogation Under the South African 90-Day Detention Law
    Author: FIRST RUTH
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/02/2011
    Imprint: VIRAGO
    Price: $24.99
    Publishing status: ACTIVE

    'In prison you see only the moves of the enemy. Prison is the hardest place to fight a battle.' 117 Days is Ruth First's personal account of her detention under the iniquitous '90-day' law of 1963. There was no warrant, no charge and no trial - only suspicion. This sparsely written and unique record tells of her experiences of solitary confinement, constant interrogation and instantaneous re-arrest on release - lightened by humorous portraits of governors, matrons, wardresses and interrogators, seen as the tools of the police state.

    Author Biography: Ruth First was a journalist and academic and, along with her husband Joe Slovo, strongly active in the anti-apartheid movement. She escaped South Africa in 1964. In 1982 she was working at a university in Mozambique. On the 17th August she opened a letter bomb addressed to her by the South African security police.

    ISBN: 9781844086306
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