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Book details
  • SubGenre:Personal Memoirs
  • Language:English
  • Pages:140
  • eBook ISBN:9786199025031

Notes from Hell

by Nikolay Yordanov and Valya Cherveniashka


In 1999 seventeen medical nurses are kidnapped from the hospital in which they work in Benghazi, Libya and are confined in a police station in the capital Tripoli. The next eight and a half years five of them will spend in different prisons accused of deliberately infecting more than 400 children with HIV. "Notes from Hell" is a confession of an ordinary woman whose face becomes familiar to the whole world. The book tells about her work in Benghazi, about the reasons for the infection of the children, about the monstrous tortures she suffered, the terror, uncertainty and friendship in the Libyan prisons, about what it feels like to have three death sentences and survive.


"A horrific story well told, Notes From Hell will stir every emotion you have within you. You won’t walk away and forget this book for a very long time, if ever.

Bil Howard, "Readers' Favorite"

"This intimate account is relayed with raw honesty and emotion. A cold, sobering look at some of life's injustices." 

Michelle Bristow-Bovey, "Cape Times", South Africa

"One of the most emotional and revealing confessions..."

"Telegraph Newspaper", Bulgaria

"Great book! I couldn't put down until finished it! Very deep, emotional, heartfelt story of a strong women thrown in jail for something she has never done, but yet she has been prosecuted, tortured, went true traumatic years of undeserved punishment far from her home country. A must read!" Reader Review

"This horror story made international headlines. It shows brutality in its most extreme form, a wilful act of cruel injustice for which the Libyan government stands accused. Reading this book will make you cry."

Dries Brunt, "CitizenNewspaper", South Africa

About the author

Nikolay Yordanov was born in Varna, Bulgaria. He is television screenwriter and content editor, and has lead role on local adaptations as "X Factor", "Got Talent", "Fear Factor", "Psychic Challenge" and "Extreme Makeover" among others. He has also worked on a variety of advertisements and music videos. "Notes from Hell" is his first book. His next title, "Don't Tell Mama", is expected in late 2016.

Valya Chervenyashka was born in poverty-stricken Vratsa, Bulgaria. She is married and has two daughters. Her whole life has been dedicated to nursing, most of it caring for children in Bulgarian hospitals. In the 1980s she was posted to Tarhuna, Libya where she received awards for her work with children. In 1998, she was arrested in Benghazi, Libya, transferred to a Tripoli jail, charged with conspiring to deliberately infect over 400 children with HIV and sentenced to death. Notes from Hell is her story, covering a decade of torture, cruelty and absolute despair.

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