Winner of the 2004 IMPAC Award
Five words from the blurb: prison, struggle, survive, darkest, terrible
This book is based on the real experiences of a survivor of Tazmamart - the secret prison in which sixty people were imprisoned for taking part in the 1971 failed coup to oust King Hassan II of Morocco. They were locked in appalling conditions – with no light, little food and virtually no protection from the freezing cold winters or the stifling heat of summer. For twenty years the men battled against disease and boredom, before the survivors were finally released in 1991.
This book is a gripping, but harrowing account of an almost unimaginable suffering.
Very little actually happens in this short book, but the full range of human emotion leaps from the page.
It could never be described as an enjoyable read, but it is as an important book. It is a vivid account of the terrible things that humans are capable of doing to each other, but also proof that with the right frame of mind it is possible to survive in even the harshest of conditions.
Recommended to anyone interested in imprisonment and its affects upon the human mind.
Thank you to JoV for sending this book to me!