Prison Memoirs

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The experience of imprisonment for ordinary crime, political crime, prisoner of war and internment for other purposes is often the subject of memoirs. Most are works detailing experiences that are extrordinary either of the injustice of the purposes or conditions of imprisonment.


Criminal Imprisonment

  • Thomas Mcfadden and Rusty Young. 2004. Marching Powder : A True Story of Friendship, Cocaine, and South America's Strangest Jail. St. Martin's Griffin. (Briton imprisoned on drugs charges in Bolivia).
  • Jimmy A. Lerner. 2003. You Ain't Got Nothing Coming: Notes From a Prison Fish. New York: Broadway. (American imprisoned for murder in Nevada).
  • Sandra Gregory. 2002. Forget You Had A Daughter: Doing Time in the Bangkok Hilton. London: Vision. (Briton imprisoned on drugs charge in Thailand).
  • Warren Fellows. 1998. 4000 Days: My Life and Survival in a Bangkok Prison. New York: St. Martin's Press. (Australian imprisoned on drugs charges in Thailand).

Political Imprisonment

  • Kang Chol-Hwan. 2000. Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag. New York: Basic Books. (Korean Returnee imprisoned in North Korea).
  • Eddie Daniels. 1998. There and Back: Robben Island 1964-1979, 2nd Ed.. Bellville, South Africa: Mayibuye Books. (South African dissident imprisoned for 15 years in South Africa).
  • Lena Constante. 1995. The Silent Escape: Three Thousand Days in Romanian Prisons. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. (Romanian dissident imprisoned in Romania).
  • Jacabo Timerman. 1982. Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number. New York: Vintage Books. (Argentine Newspaper Editor imprionsaed in Argentina).

Prisoner of War Internment

  • Francis Yeats-Brown. 1932. Golden Horn. London: Victor Gollancz. (WWI British POW imprisoned in the Ottoman Empire/Turkish Republic).
  • Laurie Lee. 1994. Moment of War. New York: The New Press. (British Spamish Civil War Volunteer briefly imprisoned as suspected spy in Spain).

Enemy Alien Internment

  • Israel Cohen. 1917. The Ruhleben Prison Camp: A Record of Nineteen Months' Internment. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company. (WWI British civilian enemy alien imprisoned in Germany).
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