The Inferno

The Inferno As A Member Of Salvador Allende S Personal Guards GAP , Luz Arce Worked With Leaders Of The Socialist Party During The Popular Unity Government From 1971 To1973 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 From 1973 To1990 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 1990s, 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 From 1973 To1990 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
  • The Inferno
  • Luz Arce
  • English
  • 11 July 2018
  • 0299195546

10 thoughts on “The Inferno

  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 s...

  2. says:

    This book, of all the books I ve read about Chilean history during Allende Pinochet, has possibly been the most valuable, because it gave me an inside look at the notorious, extremely secretive DINA aka Pinochet s Gestapo Granted, the book is confusing at times especially with all of the...

  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 in...

  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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