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oubliette

a dungeon the only entrance to which is through the top

oubliette

A secret dungeon in the deepest parts of a medieval stronghold, having as its only entry a trapdoor through which prisoners were dropped.
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Dan Simon, 32, spokesman for the Oubliette Group, said:"We are using the space to raise awareness of the Belarus Free Theatre who performed at the Young Vic recently in London to draw attention to the oppression of free speech in Belarus.
What Kagan has discovered has confirmed a folk psychology previously suspected in our understanding of human nature; moreover, it provides us with the means to better understand some of the characters in Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, which might help to rescue the novel from the oubliette where feminist criticism and the Freudian Oedipal complex have cast it.
"Winnipeg IS AN Oubliette," says Guy Maddin in his mythical memoir "My (Other) Winnipeg" in Border Crossings magazine.
By casting writers into the abyss between freedom and unfreedom, notes Breytenbach, authoritarian regimes attempt to "whiten words into the unsaid." With their lives at stake, caught in a liminal state, writers counter the oubliette of the blank page with the black ink of witness and imagination--the power of the liberated pen.
She begins this lesson very soon after entering the Labyrinth; she gives Hoggle her bracelet in payment for leading her out of the oubliette, which he was going to do anyway.
FURTHER to my letter on James Bond (Mailbag, November 1), I wish to correct my mistake as Oubliette is taken from You Only Live Twice and not On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
There will always be a few who would like our prisons to resemble an oubliette, but unless we wish to return to mediaeval standards of human rights we have to look at creating something a little more enlightened.
The French term "oubliette de I'histoire" is one that occurs frequently in modern political discourse to name the violence of forgetting, and to expose the willful repression of marginal memories by institutions of power.
After Krymov's own arrest and imprisonment in the Lubyanka (we knew this was coming), there is a haunting description of the kind of fluorescent oubliette that uncannily prefigures Solzhenitsyn: "He went up in a brightly lit lift and walked down a long carpeted corridor, past a row of doors with round spy holes.
Robbery, injury and disappearing into the oubliette of Central Asia were never far from actuality; as Thubron says, "danger was cumulative ...
When Osama bin Laden and a few hundred other fanatics are dead or locked away in the oubliette at Guantanamo Bay, Halliburton and its corporate peers will still be shaking down the American government for subsidies and control of Middle East oil.
The first computer networks were riddled with games called Dungeon, Oubliette (French for dungeon), and the like, often written by players for fun and distributed for free.