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. Download and start listening now!