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By Fleury, Hélène; Knabb, Ken; Van, Ngo

In 1936, Ngo Van was once captured, imprisoned, and tortured within the dreaded Maison Centrale legal in Saigon for his half within the fight to loose Vietnam from French colonial rule. 5 years later, Vietnamese independence was once gained, and Van stumbled on himself imprisoned and abused as soon as more—this time via the Stalinist freedom fighter Ho Chi Minh. 5 years after that, Van was once in Paris, operating with the surrealists.

In the Crossfire files Ngo Van's outstanding existence in Vietnam throughout the international wars, and his next years spent in the course of the Parisian intelligentsia. this is often the 1st English translation!

"In the Crossfire is a narrative that's such a lot of issues: a story of private braveness, depression and desire; a section of political historical past that's either a record of revolution and betrayal. Like quite a bit of the fight opposed to colonialism, for each victory there seems a defeat. but, background strikes ahead simply because, as Van makes transparent, humans make it movement forward."—Ron Jacobs, writer of The means the Wind Blew: A background of the elements Underground

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Taking care of him by turns, we tried to ease his pain using traditional methods of healing by rubbing and massage. From then on, we decided we would look after each other ourselves, and we taught each other how. One morning in early July, at ten o’clock, an Annamite warder came for Ho Huu Tuong, Lu Sanh Hanh and me. As we descended the iron stairs, we wondered whether we were being taken to a session at the Sûreté headquarters. Two plainclothes policemen were waiting for us in front of the Head Guard’s office.

He explained exactly how much of each ingredient—charcoal, sulfur and salt­ peter—I should add to make the powder, which I then packed in a cardboard cube. indd 36 8/22/2010 10:50:44 AM CHILDHOOD 37 cut slats of bamboo to give the firecracker a perfect cube shape. Positioning the fuse was a delicate operation. The quality of the firecracker is assessed by the duration of the echo that it produces when it explodes.

The sinister Tran Van Ty beckoned us into the room and, with a sly smile, asked us to point out the offending instruments. The cramped room was bare and unfurnished except for an old chair and a small table. The only thing left behind was the switch on the table that Gélot used to summon Chin Ngoc, the Annamite torture specialist, and in the corner to the left, the small washbasin where the interrogators washed their hands after the torture sessions. There was no trace of the huge generator. My head swirled with visions of the atrocities I had suffered; it made my flesh creep.

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