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    • ISBN:9780748119059
    • Publication date:02 Dec 2010
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117 Days

An Account of Confinement and Interrogation under the South African 90-Day Detention Law

By Ruth First

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A powerful and gripping personal account of imprisonment and interrogation by one of the key figures of the anti-apartheid movement.

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.

Biographical Notes

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.

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  • ISBN: 9781844086306
  • Publication date: 02 Dec 2010
  • Page count: 192
  • Imprint: Virago
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