Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free (Hardcover)
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When the San Jose mine collapsed outside of Copiapo, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. The entire world watched what transpired above-ground during the grueling and protracted rescue, but the saga of the miners' experiences below the Earth's surface and the lives that led them there has never been heard until now.
For "Deep Down Dark," the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Hector Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales. These thirty-three men came to think of the mine, a cavern inflicting constant and thundering aural torment, as a kind of coffin, and as a church where they sought redemption through prayer. Even while still buried, they all agreed that if by some miracle any of them escaped alive, they would share their story only collectively. Hector Tobar was the person they chose to hear, and now to tell, that story.
The result is a masterwork or narrative journalism a riveting, at times shocking, emotionally textured account of a singular human event. "Deep Down Dark" brings to haunting, tactile life the experience of being imprisoned inside a mountain of stone, the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and the spiritual and mystical elements that surrounded working in such a dangerous place. In its stirring final chapters, it captures the profound way in which the lives of everyone involved in the disaster were forever changed.
About the Author
Hector 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.
Praise for The Barbarian Nurseries
“A book of extraordinary scope and extraordinary power.” —Los Angeles Times
“Timely and timeless . . . Tobar continually creates moments of uncommon magic.” —Elle
Praise for Translation Nation
“Translation Nation . . . makes the tremendous diversity, dynamism and geographical breadth of our blossoming Hispanic population come alive. That’s a valuable contribution to understanding where our country is going in this new century, and I am grateful to Tobar for providing it.” —Washington Post Book World
“Tobar captures . . . the current state of Latinos in the United States . . . with equal measures of insight and élan, giving the book an infectious optimism, an undeniable sense that the nature and scope of latinidad are not only expanding but becoming more inclusive as well . . . Compelling.” —The Los Angeles Times