From Publishers Weekly
In 1961, three years into the Cuban revolution, medical student Rodriguez, a member of the anti-Castro underground, was jailed for "counterrevolutionary acts of sabotage." In 1979, after two escapes, several hunger strikes and "obstinate and uncooperative" behavior, she was released, free to join anti-Castroites in Miami.She claims that her jailers were glad to be rid of her. As she and Miami Herald journalist Garvin tell it, she was a superwoman who intimidated, harassed and insulted her jailers; they in turn saw her and her prison comrades as "always looking for some excuse to make trouble" and indifferent to "the many times [they were] shown forgiveness." Although she was often punished with solitary confinement, it is not clear why worse did not befall her and why, if her jailers were the villains she claims, she was often granted privileges. A self-styled rebel since the age of 14, first against the Batista dictatorship, then Castro, she admits that after her release, she had difficulty not walking on the grass in Miami whenever she saw a Keep Off sign.
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Here we read the touching, compelling story of Ana Rodriguez, a young medical student arrested by Cuba's state security police in 1962 for her role in the anti-Castro movement. Initially a Castro supporter, Rodriguez joined in the struggle against him after his oppressive, totalitarian intentions became clear. In prison, despite beatings, starvation, confinement to blackout cells, and other abuses, Rodriguez and a handful of other women withstood all attempts at political intimidation, re-education, and rehabilitation. During her 19 years as a political prisoner, she broke out twice, organized other prisoners against injustices, and fought the brutal prison administrators with astonishing courage and unshakable belief in her convictions. Rodriguez (with Miami Herald
reporter Glenn Garvin) weaves a breathtaking, spellbinding documentary of Cuban prison life. Diary of a Survivor
is not only a fascinating and well-written memoir but also a testament to human strength and dignity in the face of shocking human-rights abuses. Kathleen Hughes