Huye Hombre Huye: Diary of a maximum security prisoner

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Huye, Hombre, Huye (Run, Man, Run) is the autobiography of Xosé Tarrío González. His story travels from the boarding school to the reformatory and then to prison. Never released from prison, he spent the rest of his life fighting to escape. This is the first-hand account of his refusal to accept the legitimacy of the privileged's judgement of the less privileged, a story of struggle against an inhumane system, and of the limitless depths that those in power will sink to when challenged. It is the powerful story of an unbreakable spirit.

(This) is the life of a man who survives in subhuman conditions not far from us and who, in these circumstances, has been able to compose an honest and stark testimony about the reality of imprisonment today... I do not foresee a more human horizon, or a more respectful criminal or prison policy, simply because prison is the ultimate container for a quite specific political-economic project. In the context of a State that is abandoning many of its former tasks, of the privatization of important public services, the precarization of the labor market, and economic globalization, etc., I don't think that there are many spaces left where we could discuss overcoming or even restricting the use of incarceration. This does not mean paralysis or doing nothing, but the other way around: from the highest skepticism a “culture of resistance" can begin, one that keeps critical thinking alive.

-From the Prologue by Iñaki Rivera Beiras

Table of Contents

Preliminary note (adopted from the Argentine edition)

Prologue by Inaki Rivera Beiras

Prologue by Gabriel Pombo Da Silva


The Way of Corruption

The Way of Freedom

The Way of Rebellion

The Way of Repression



For Xose in Memoriam by Gabriel Pombo Da Silva