By Ruth First
2009 publication of a 1965 book. fortunately filling a request for a retail epub
An unforgettable account of defiance opposed to political terror via one among South Africas pioneering anti-apartheid activists
An useful testimonial of the excesses of the apartheid procedure, 117 Days provides the harrowing chronicle of journalist Ruth Firsts isolation and abuse by the hands of South African interrogators after her arrest in 1963. Upon her arrest, she was once detained in solitary confinement below South Africas infamous ninety-day detention legislation. this is often the tale of the battle of nerves that ensued among First and her targeted department captorsa paintings that is still a vintage portrait of oppression and the honor of the human spirit.
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17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:23 PS PAGE 51 XL Like conquerors, unable to return, in a foreign country, I see myself in every thing, the heart vast, like a third-world country, inaccessible, I contract, I dilate, one step into death, and return, I accept, I decline, she trusts me with signs, which I interpret, when her eyelashes bat, lover, whose look kills, her speech has the secret of fire, in solitude, after obstacle, earthen walls, sepulcher for the old world, which the sun enamels, the musician changes key, the migrants dance, morning birds, in a meager spring, fistfuls of insects, in the voluptuousness of the distant land.
17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:16 PS PAGE 29 mountain color, that the sea wind shades, under what rubble to restore it, in what forgetfulness to speak to it, of wood or of stone, on the paths outside the walls, toward a desert that welcomes me, at camels’ pace, the dogs bark in the darkness, the hearth affixes the sign of the beloved, on the walls of night sitting without moving, in the heart of ardent cacti, coming out of the apocalypse, I warm myself at her fire, and pet the speckled lion cubs, which surround her.
35 ................. 17510$ $CH1 09-16-09 10:24:19 PS PAGE 35 XXVI On forgotten tracks, in unnamed places, I see the chorus of mourners, on the south banks, I look at homes in ruin, in the cool morning, I admire her, who wears the mask of pain, the dead cross the black footbridge, and pluck the fruits of silence, the rain crisscrosses the gray light, I said, yes, I’ll come, without ruse, or shield, that’s how I replied, to her who spoke, with a cut heart, hunted, without cover, on the plain, the four winds brought contradictory messages, she says, I will divide myself, I will be new, like the sun, each day.
117 Days: An Account of Confinement and Interrogation Under the South African 90-Day Detention Law by Ruth First