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

Ruth First

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Virago Modern Classics, Biography: general, Diaries, letters & journals, True stories, Prose: non-fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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.

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