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

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

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By (author) Ruth First, Introduction by Gillian Slovo

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  • Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 199mm x 14mm | 160g
  • Publication date: 2 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844086305
  • ISBN 13: 9781844086306
  • Sales rank: 340,938

Product description

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.

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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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"[Ruth First's] life, and her death, remains a beacon to all who love liberty." - Nelson Mandela, at the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of Ruth First's murder