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Psychological torture

Would anybody recommend some books with reports of people who have been through some sort of psychological torture (other than humiliation)? I'd rather read something that happened during war times. But I'd also welcome recommendations of books telling the story of someone who has been through psychological torture, subsequently becoming a murderer. Or a criminal. Or something like that...

Thanks in advance!

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i_skye
Apr. 28th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Are you talking about Prisoner of war type things? or like psychological thrillers where like a serial killer twists the minds of their victims before killing them?
chikyu_star
Apr. 28th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
More like prisoner of war things, actually.
enleve
Jun. 22nd, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
King Rat by James Clavell is about prisoners of war.
janenx01
Apr. 28th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
The Manchurian Candidate, by Richard Condon. The 1962 movie version is AMAZING, and the books is just as good. Ignore the 2004 movie, that one sucks.

Edited at 2010-04-28 07:54 pm (UTC)
pgadey
Apr. 28th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. In the first part there is a large section on the interrogation methods used read Arrest through The Interrogation. Then check out the third part: Perpetual Motion. It's rough reading.
frostpixel
Apr. 29th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
By reports, you mean nonfiction/memoir, right? Fiction (historical or otherwise) doesn't count?
chikyu_star
Apr. 29th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
It does, actually! I'd love to read some fiction as well..!
frostpixel
Apr. 29th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
I enjoyed the first half of Breaking Lorca by Giles Blunt. It was about a faint-hearted solider who was forced to torture a woman who was suspected of being a rebel in a civil war. There's both the physical (and emotional) torture of the woman, and the soldier's guilt over having to do those things to her.

I found the first half really interesting, but the second half was a lot...how do you say this...softer? I don't want to give it away, but the story changes a lot and while it does have some element of psychological torture, it's very mild compared to the first half.
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