Luz Arce And Pinochet's Chile: Testimony In The Aftermath Of State Violence

Luz Arce And Pinochet's Chile: Testimony In The Aftermath Of State Violence

Luz Arce and Pinochet's Chile: Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence

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.

Review

"In Luz Arce and Pinochet's Chile, Michael J. Lazzara constructs a scene in which the decisive problem of ethical limits unfolds. He invites us to inhabit an intense and unstable Chilean territory: the life of a prisoner-collaborator who progressively becomes militarized and entirely estranged from herself." - Diamela Eltit, New York University

"This is a fascinating and controversial testimonial project that combines legal deposition, interview and testimony. The figure of the...

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