By Héctor Tobar
While the San José mine collapsed outdoor of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners underneath millions of ft of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. the complete international watched what transpired above-ground throughout the grueling and chronic rescue, however the saga of the miners' reviews less than the Earth's surface—and the lives that led them there—has by no means been heard till now.
For Deep Down Dark, the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Héctor Tobar bought particular entry to the miners and their stories. those thirty-three males got here to think about the mine, a cavern causing consistent and thundering aural torment, as a type of coffin, and as a church the place they sought redemption via prayer. Even whereas nonetheless buried, all of them agreed that if through a few miracle any of them escaped alive, they'd proportion their tale purely jointly. Héctor Tobar was once the individual they selected to listen to, and now to inform, that story.
The result's a masterwork or narrative journalism—a riveting, every now and then stunning, emotionally textured account of a unique human occasion. Deep Down Dark brings to haunting, tactile lifestyles the adventure of being imprisoned within a mountain of stone, the horror of being slowly fed on via starvation, and the non secular and mystical parts that surrounded operating in the sort of harmful position. In its stirring ultimate chapters, it captures the profound method within which the lives of each person concerned with the catastrophe have been eternally replaced.
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