By Alberto Ulloa Bornemann
This is often the 1st significant, book-length memoir of a political prisoner from Mexico's "dirty struggle" of the Seventies. Written with the urgency of a first-person narrative, it's a precise paintings, supplying an within tale of guerrilla actions and a gripping story of imprisonment and torture by the hands of the Mexican executive. Alberto Ulloa Bornemann used to be a tender idealist while he committed himself to clandestine resistance and to aiding Lucio Cabanas, the guerrilla chief of the "Party of the Poor". right here, the writer exposes readers to the daily actions of innovative activists looking to stay away from discovery by way of govt forces. After his catch, Ulloa Bornemann continued disappearance right into a mystery army penal complex and later abusive stipulations in 3 civilian prisons. even if testimonios of former political prisoners from different Latin American international locations have lately come into print, there are only a few books approximately Mexico's political wars - and none as shiny and worrying as this.
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The ominous character of the only decorative element of the interrogation room weighed on my mind: to my left on one of the blood-splattered white walls hung a calendar reproduction illustrating a hunting scene in which a terriﬁed deer, already lying on the ground next to a tree, was ﬁercely attacked by four mastiffs egged on by two horsemen with spears at the ready. I am afraid that you may ﬂy from my hand like a bird. I am afraid that all I do may be in vain. I am afraid to live, but I am also afraid of death.
I decided to describe my participation, as a member of the Jaramillista Delegation of the Liga Comunista Espartaco in the second meeting of the Partido de los Pobres high in the Sierra of Atoyac, during the month of May of the previous year, 1973. I described in broad brushstrokes the ideological trends and politics expressed at this meeting; and the different invited organizations present: PCM, Unión del Pueblo, MAR, Liga Comunista 23 de Septiembre, and the Espartaquistas Jaramillistas. I revealed the approximate number of those gathered, close to two hundred, half of whom had been invited.
Somebody ordered my blindfold to be removed along with the patches of duct tape that covered my eyes. A good part of my eyebrows and eyelashes pulled off with the tape. When I could focus my eyes ﬁnally, I saw two men sitting before me at a table. The older one was dressed in a gray turtleneck sweater and somewhat darker woolen slacks. He was a light-skinned, distinguished looking man with short gray hair. The other man was younger, and appeared as if he were Israeli or gringo; he wore a khaki trench coat.