By Paco Ignacio Taibo II, Gregory Nipper
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In the postal service they earn very little . . my dad had some debts, and it was diﬃcult, but nothing serious . ” “Some good did come of his death. ’ I thought the train had been derailed. I didn’t think that anything major had happened, that he would be at the most injured, in the hospital. “I checked with his friends, because he had lots of friends in the post oﬃce here, and they found out and told me not to go . . but I wanted to go because he had told me that if anything happened, the whole family should go there, and I was insistent .
New Year’s at Lecumberri José Revueltas (Excerpt from the letter to Arthur Miller, president of International PEN Club, dated January 11, 1970) I relate the following in my triple condition as witness, participant, and victim . . m. on January 1, from inside our cells in Cellblock M — where some of the political prisoners in the Lecumberri Preventative Penitentiary who had been on a hunger strike since December 10 were held, with the rest in Blocks N and C — we heard a comrade’s voice calling out from the corridor, telling us in alarmed tones that the visitors who had come to Cellblock M that afternoon had been detained for over two hours and not allowed to leave the jail and go into the street.
The morning was clear, a breeze from the southwest rippled through the red ﬂag with the tiger head in the center, which crowned the highest cliﬀ on the little island in the Indian Ocean. The room appeared to be a combination of opulence and disorder. Here, a silver tray of unpolished precious stones; there, walls adorned with Persian rugs slashed by sabers. On a table of brilliant sandalwood were various specimens of gunpowder on scraps of old Dutch newspapers. In a dilapidated armchair a European, evidently from the south, slept with a cup of red wine gleaming in his languid hand.