Valdes, Hernan [Valdés, Hernán] - Diary of a Chilean Concentration Camp. Gollancz, 1975, 1st English. On a February evening in 1974, members of the Chilean secret police burst into Valdes home, ransacked the place, blindfolded hime and, at gunpoint, rushed him off to jail. Later he was taken to Tejas Verdes, a former air-force camp which had been used as a concentration camp since the 1973 September coup. A well-known Chilean writer, Valdes supported the Allende Govenrmnet but was not a member of a political party, and had not thought himself to be in any danger. In this compelling book, he brings his period of imprisonment most vividly to life: the awful physical conditions, the tensions and friendships among the prisoners, the mindless cruelty of the guards, the long drawn out uncertainty, the overpowering feeling of humiliation and finally the dreaded process of interrogation, in which torutre was freely used, and which left Valdes in a shattered state. Then, after so much meaningless suffering, he was casually released. He fled to Spain where he wrote this reconstructed diary. (back cover). 8¾" x 5", 160pp, hardback. Well used ex-library copy with all the usual library stamps and marks; wrapper appears laminated to boards; general wear; binding cocked; sound reading copy only.
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