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The exclusive, official story of the survival, faith, and family of Chile’s thirty-three trapped miners

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. 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, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Héctor 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. Héctor 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Héctor Tobar takes us so far down into the story and lives of the Chilean miners that his reconstruction of a workplace disaster becomes a riveting meditation on universal human themes. Deep Down Dark is an extraordinary piece of work.”

    George Packer, New York Times bestselling author of The Unwinding

  • “An account that brims with emotion and strength.”

    USA Today

  • “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. Taut with suspense and moments of tenderness and replete with a cast of unforgettable characters, Deep Down Dark ranks with the best of adventure literature.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “As Tobar works his way through each miner’s recovery, the TV headlines recede from our memory and a more delicate series of portraits emerges.”

    Washington Post

  • “Masterful.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Extraordinary…A novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, [Tobar] combines a historian’s eye for context with a gifted storyteller’s ear for minor-key character traits…Though it boasts the epic sweep of a man-against-nature saga, Deep Down Dark also happens to be an endlessly satisfying ensemble drama…Scary, sad, and, yes, even funny…A great book.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A superb book.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “A gripping narrative, taut to the point of explosion.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “In this masterful dissection of the 2010’s dramatic sixty-nine day ordeal by thirty-three trapped Chilean miners, Héctor Tobar weaves a suspenseful narrative that moves back and forth between the waking nightmares of the buried men, and those of their families on the earth’s surface. In Deep Down Dark, Héctor Tobar takes us deftly to the very cliff-edge of human survival.”

    Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

  • “It’s almost hard to believe that Héctor Tobar wasn’t himself one of the trapped Chilean miners, so vivid, immediate, terrifying, emotional, and convincing is his Homeric narration of this extraordinary incident. Deep Down Dark is a literary masterpiece of narrative journalism, surgical in its reconstruction, novelistic in its explorations of human personality and nuance. In a manner that feels spiritual, Tobar puts himself at the service of his story, and his fidelity to and unquenchable curiosity about every fact and detail generates unforgettable wonderment and awe.”

    Francisco Goldman, award-winning author of Say Her Name

  • “In a clear, unemotional voice, Henry Leyva narrates the story of the thirty-three miners who were trapped…Using subtle accents, Leyva draws listeners into the horror of miners trapped deep in the dark, winding tunnels. Switching effortlessly from English to Spanish and back, Leyva’s performance is riveting as scenes shift from inside to outside, from mine offices to the tunnels. Each word builds the tension of the chilling disaster and the nail-biting rescue of men buried more than five miles below the surface.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week in October 2014
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2014 New York Times Notable Book
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Nonfiction
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