FRENCH JUSTICE Seven Months Under Sentence of Death

Author: Valdes (Manuel Menendez)
Year: 1930
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: G+
Price: 12.00
Hardback. Tr. by Dora Round. The author, an engineer, was condemned to death in France during World War I for supposed intelligence with the Germans. He was tried in secret behind closed doors, with no means of defence. He was condemned to death, waiting 7 months for the execution of the sentence. The sentence was commuted to imprisonment for life, sending him around from one French prison to another, finally transporting him to the Dantesque penitentiary in America, to Guiana to serve a sentence of forced labour until he died at the end of 20 or 30 years, if he hadn't met his end before then from malaria, tuberculosis, madness, leprosy, hunger, the jungle or the bullets of the French guards, while trying to escape. This is the story of his imprisonment and eventual escape after 3yrs and 9 months. 256pp. 8vo. h/back. Small name insc. to ffep, browned edges, repaired sp. G+.


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