By Ruth First
An unforgettable account of defiance opposed to political terror by way of one in every of South Africa's pioneering anti-apartheid activists
An necessary testimonial of the excesses of the apartheid procedure, 117 Days offers the harrowing chronicle of journalist Ruth First's 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 lower than South Africa's infamous ninety-day detention legislation. this is often the tale of the conflict of nerves that ensued among First and her particular department captors-a paintings that is still a vintage portrait of oppression and the honor of the human spirit.
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