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"I have lived, alone, in a cell, 157,852,800 seconds of solitude and fear. Cause for screaming! They sentence me to live yet another 220,838,400 seconds! To live them or to die from them."—from The Silent Escape

Victim of Stalinist-era terror, Lena Constante was arrested on trumped-up charges of "espionage" and sentenced to twelve years in Romanian prisons. The Silent Escape is the extraordinary account of the first eight years of her incarceration—years of solitary confinement during which she was tortured, starved, and daily humiliated.

The only woman to have endured isolation so long in Romanian jails, Constante is also one of the few women political prisoners to have written about her ordeal. Unlike other more political prison diaries, this book draws us into the practical and emotional experiences of everyday prison life. Candidly, eloquently, Constante describes the physical and psychological abuses that were the common lot of communist-state political prisoners. She also recounts the particular humiliations she suffered as a woman, including that of male guards watching her in the bathroom. Constante survived by escaping into her mind—and finally by discovering the "language of the walls," which enabled her to communicate with other female inmates. A powerful story of totalitarianism and human endurance, this work makes an important contribution to the literature of "prison notebooks."

Synopsis:

"A heartbreaking, human document . . . that ranks comparably to Eugenia Ginzburg's In the Whirlwind and Nadezhda Mandelstam's Hope Against Hope."—Vladimir Tismaneanu, author of Reinventing Politics

"A superb book. Without ever lapsing into self-pity, it allows the reader to enter the nightmarishly vindictive Romanian political prison system."—Daniel Chirot, author of The Origins of Backwardness in Eastern Europe

About the Author

Lena Constante, an artist and writer living in Bucharest, won the Association des Ecrivains de Langue Française's 1992 Prix Européen for this book's French edition. Franklin Philip is a freelance translator living in Boston. Gail Kligman is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520082090
Translator:
Philip, Franklin
Introduction:
Kligman, Gail
Translator:
Philip, Franklin
Introduction by:
Kligman, Gail
Introduction:
Kligman, Gail
Author:
Philip, Franklin
Author:
Constante, Lena
Author:
Kligman, Gail
Author:
Kligman, Gail
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Eastern Europe
Subject:
Political prisoners
Subject:
Political prisoners -- Romania -- Biography.
Subject:
Constante, Lena
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Europe - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Society and Culture in East-Central Europe
Series Volume:
0009
Publication Date:
19950431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
257
Dimensions:
9.40x6.42x.91 in. 1.39 lbs.

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"A heartbreaking, human document . . . that ranks comparably to Eugenia Ginzburg's In the Whirlwind and Nadezhda Mandelstam's Hope Against Hope."—Vladimir Tismaneanu, author of Reinventing Politics

"A superb book. Without ever lapsing into self-pity, it allows the reader to enter the nightmarishly vindictive Romanian political prison system."—Daniel Chirot, author of The Origins of Backwardness in Eastern Europe

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