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Deep Down Dark

Deep Down Dark

336 pages • $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-250-074850-0

The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

Héctor Tobar

Includes New Material for the Paperback

Now the Major Motion Picture The 33

“Weaving together the drama of the miners’ harrowing
ordeal below ground with the anguish of families
and rescuers on the surface, Tobar delivers a masterful
account of exile and human longing, of triumph in the
face of all odds.” —Los Angeles Times

When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in Deep Down Dark, he brings them to haunting, visceral life. We learn what it was like to be imprisoned inside a mountain, understand the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and experience the awe of working in such a place-one filled with danger and that often felt alive. A masterwork of narrative journalism and a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit, Deep Down Dark captures the profound ways in which the lives of everyone involved in the catastrophe were forever changed. “Whether the story is completely new to you, or if you were one of the millions glued to the news reports and wondering, will they make it—physically, emotionally, spiritually—you’ll be greatly rewarded to learn how they did.”—The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

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Héctor Tobar is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and a novelist. He is the author of The Barbarian Nurseries, Translation Nation, and The Tattooed Soldier. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, he is a native of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Deep Down Dark has been adopted for First-Year Experience programs at:

Earlham College (IN); Indiana State University; Ramapo College (NJ)