117 Days by Ruth First
An Account of Confinement and Interrogation Under the SouthAfrican 90-Day Detention Law (Penguin Classics)

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An unforgettable account of defiance against political terror by one of South Africa's pioneering anti-apartheid activists

An invaluable testimonial of the excesses of the apartheid system, 117 Days presents the harrowing chronicle of journalist Ruth First's isolation and abuse at the hands of South African interrogators after her arrest in 1963. Upon her arrest, she was detained in solitary confinement under South Africa's notorious ninety-day detention law. This is the story of the war of nerves that ensued between First and her Special Branch captors-a work that remains a classic portrait of oppression and the dignity of the human spirit.


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Ruth First (1925–1982) was a journalist, editor, activist, and author whose prominence in the South African Communist Party and ties to the African National Congress put her in the sights of South Africa’s notoriously repressive law enforcement community. Angela Y. Davis is a professor of History of Consciousness and the Presidential Chair at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 1970 she was placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list for her involvement in the campaign to free the Soledad Brothers.
Published March 30, 2009 by Penguin Classic. 160 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Isolated, with little to interrupt the day (no books or conversations were allowed), her contact became one of peephole observation and prison sound.

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