Luz Arce and Pinochet’s Chile

Testimony in the Aftermath of State Violence

  • Editors
  • Michael J. Lazzara

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

    1. Michael J. Lazzara
      Pages 1-11
  3. Introduction

    1. Michael J. Lazzara
      Pages 13-59
  4. Interview with Luz Arce(Mexico, Chile, 2002–7)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-62
    2. Michael J. Lazzara
      Pages 63-78
    3. Michael J. Lazzara
      Pages 79-98
    4. Michael J. Lazzara
      Pages 99-110
    5. Michael J. Lazzara
      Pages 111-122
    6. Michael J. Lazzara
      Pages 131-141
    7. Michael J. Lazzara
      Pages 143-149
  5. Forum

    1. Michael J. Lazzara
      Pages 151-176
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 177-197

About this book


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.


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