Against All Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro's Gulag

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ReadHowYouWant.com, Jan 11, 2010 - 812 pages
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Against All Hope is Armando Valladares' account of over twenty years in Fidel Castro's tropical gulag. Arrested in 1960 for being philosophically and religiously opposed to communism, Valladares was not released until 1982, by which time he had become one of the world's most celebrated ''prisoners of conscience.'' Interned all those years at the infamous Isla de Pinos prison (from whose windows he watched the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion), Valladares suffered endless days of violence, putrid food and squalid living conditions, while listening to Castro's firing squads eliminating ''counter revolutionaries'' in the courtyard below his cell. Valladares survived by prayer and by writing poetry whose publication in Europe brought his case to the attention of international figures such as French President Francois Mitterand and to human rights organizations whose constant pressure on the Castro regime finally led to his release. When Against All Hope first appeared, it was immediately compared to Darkness at Noon and other classic prison narratives about the resilience of the human spirit in the face of totalitarianism. Now, with a new introduction by the author, which tells of his life since prison and brings the story of Cuban dissidence up to the case of Elian Gonzalez, Against All Hope is more relevant than ever.
 

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Gripping memoir of Cuban political prisoner Armando Valladares. Arrested at 23, in 1960, for refusing to put a sign giving support of Fidel Castro on his government desk, Valladares spent 22 years in ... Read full review

Contents

SEWAGE
1
A DIFFERENT KIND OF COMMISSIONER
14
CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND MURDERS
34
DIRTY TRICKS ON BOTH SIDES
35
BACK TO LA CABAÑA THE SAME OLD ROUTINE
36
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST THE BLUE UNIFORM
37
NAKED
38
ATLAST SOME APPARENT PROGRESS
39
COMBINADO DEL ESTE
48
TRANSFER TO 50 HOSPITAL 51 52 ULTIMATE
53
ABOUT THE BACK COVER MATERIAL 14
78
STRIKE
254
WHEELCHAIR
272
ORTHOPEDICS
309
INHUMANITY
336
ROBERTICO
344

MARTHA ARRESTED OUR WEDDING
40
AN ENVOY FROM THE VATICAN
41
A NAZI PRISON IN THE CARIBBEAN
42
BIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTS AND THEIR FIRST
43
BOITELS DEATH AND BLACK SEPTEMBER
44
AN IMPOSED 46 IN A 47 THEY KNOW WHAT THEYRE DOING ALL RIGHT
45
ISOLATION
351
FREEDOM
374
EPILOGUE
389
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
390
AUTHOR
395
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