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    M. Lazzara(Editor),Carl Fischer(Translator),Jean Franco(Foreword)

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Since the demise of the Pinochet dictatorship in 1990, collaboration and complicity - both in the torture chamber and civil society - have been taboo topics not only for the Chilean left but also for society at large. By revisiting the experience of Luz Arce Sandoval - a leftist militant turned collaborator with Pinochet's secret police - Luz Arce and Pinochet's Chile raises urgent political and ethical questions about how nations carry out unspeakable violence in the name of "progress" and "democracy." Juxtaposing interviews, legal documents, and academic analysis, this book probes the personal and collective dimensions of torture, collaborationism, truth, justice, reconciliation, and memory, issues that resonate in Latin America and beyond.

MICHAEL LAZZARA Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of California, Davis, USA.

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  • By King Espurr on November 26, 2014

    Super informative. The author obv. Knows his stuff

  • By M. Park on September 20, 2016

    A thorough focus on a specific case in Chile, that cannot be merely summarized as tortured turned torturer. Lazzara brilliantly and elaborately analyzes Luz Arce's case without being sensationalist and delving into the controversial figure in light of the historical and political context. He is skilled describing her particular case in the bigger picture of the Chilean dictatorship. Solid narrative and informative style that reminds us of Stern's trilogy of the Chilean dictatorship, but with more critical emphasis loaded with new findings and theories on Arce's role in the military government.


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