Inferno: A Story of Terror and Survival in Chile (Living in Latin America)

Inferno: A Story of Terror and Survival in Chile (Living in Latin America) As A Member Of Salvador Allende S Personal Guards GAP , Luz Arce Worked With Leaders Of The Socialist Party During The Popular Unity Government FromTo In The Months Following The Coup, Arce Served As A Militant With Others From The Left Who Opposed The Military Junta Led By Augusto Pinochet, Which Controlled The Country FromTo Along With Thousands Of Others In Chile, Arce Was Detained And Tortured By Chile S Military Intelligence Service, The DINA, In Their Attempt To Eliminate Alternative Voices And Ideologies In The Country Arce S Testimonial Offers The Harrowing Story Of The Abuse She Suffered And Witnessed As A Survivor Of Detention Camps, Such As The Infamous Villa Grimaldi But When Faced With Threats Made To Her Family, Including Her Young Son, And With The Possibility That She Could Be Murdered As Thousands Of Others Had Been, Arce Began To Collaborate With The Chilean Military In Their Repression Of National Resistance Groups And Outlawed Political Parties Her Testimonial Thus Also Offers A Unique Perspective From Within The Repressive Structures As She Tells Of Her Work As A DINA Agent Whose Identifications Even Lead To The Capture Of Some Of Her Former Friends And Compa Eros During Chile S Return To Democracy In The Early S, Arce Experienced Two Fundamental Changes In Her Life That Led To The Writing Of Her Story The First Was A Deep Spiritual Renewal Through Her Contacts With The Catholic Church Whose Vicariate Of Solidarity Had Fought For Human Rights In The Country During The Dictatorship The Second Was Her Decision To Participate Within The Legal System To Identify And Bring To Justice Those Members Of The Military Who Were Responsible For The Crimes Committed FromTo Luz Arce S Book Invites Readers To Rethink The Definition Of Testimonial Narrative In Latin America Through The Unique Perspective Of A Survivor Witness Confessor

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  • Paperback
  • 402 pages
  • Inferno: A Story of Terror and Survival in Chile (Living in Latin America)
  • Luz Arce
  • English
  • 02 January 2019
  • 9780299195540

10 thoughts on “Inferno: A Story of Terror and Survival in Chile (Living in Latin America)

  1. says:

    Inferno A Story of Terror and Survival in Chile is the testimony of Luz Arce, a woman who in her youth was part of the Chilean left After the government coup, Arce was forced underground, eventually detained, released, and detained again Both times she was assaulted, raped, and tortured Eventually Arce began to collaborate with the dictatorship s intelligence organizations in order to save herself and to protect her family Her testimony recounts her experiences as she lived them, as a subversive, a traitor, and her pursuit of a normal life I found this book a hard one to rate This is a very moving testimony it is incredible that what Arce survived and witnessed, and even courageous that she has spoken out, testified, and written a public account However, from a reader s perspective, I found it difficult to read not just for the emotional content and to follow The text is absolutely littered with names and aliases and dates , seemingly without regard to importance My guess is that Arce was trying to be as thorough as possible, but in effect it blurs them all together Also, without a background in this era of Chilean history, I found the events and politics are to follow a general knowledge would probably make this an easier text I really respect all that it must have taken Arce to write and publish this for the world to see I think it is also important to include different perspectives such as that of a collaborator in the literature of the Chilean dictatorship But from a reader s standpoint, I found it difficult to follow the names, the time line, and often, what was happening in her life and in the political arena In that respect, I found it very disappointing.

  2. says:

    This was a very powerful book that captured the horrors of Pinochet s Chile Luz Arce explored in great depths the links between sexuality and politics under the Junta regime And how the misogynist Junta attempted to use control over the bodies and sexuality of Leftist women to break the revolution It was very chilling to read When women like Luz joined the revolution, they knew they might face torture or even death But they never expected politics would be taken into sexual violation and even sexual slavery The machismo Junta guards unleashed a torrent of sexual abuse and humiliation upon Luz even after she had betrayed her cause and submitted to the DINA secret police While the story of a heroic martyr for the cause might be inspiring It is hard to judge women who were repeatedly abused, raped, humiliated without any hope of rescue I can t imagine how defeated and terrified they felt Even women who unlike Luz resisted till the end, still suffered the extreme humiliation and degradation.

  3. says:

    Good lens through which to learn about the interrogations and disappearances that occurred under Pinochet in Chile during the 1970s and 80s Arce s writing is meh she is unreliable as a narrator and has a tendency to jump around too much , but subject material is intereseting, albeit really dark and disturbing.

  4. says:

    This has to be one of the most difficult books that I have ever read The book is difficult because of the content about torture, sexual violence, and about leftist revolutionary turning to become an informant for state repression It takes a lot of courage to finish this book.

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