The Dictator’s Shadow: Life Under Pinochet, a memoir of dictatorship and exile and their long aftermath in Chile, has won the second annual WOLA-Duke Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America.
The author of the winning book, Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, will receive a $1,000 cash award and an invitation to receive the prize at WOLA’s headquarters later this year, as well as an invitation to give a reading at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
WOLA, the human rights research and advocacy group established in 1974, and Duke University created the prize to honor the best current, non-fiction book published in English on human rights, democracy and social justice in contemporary Latin America.
Muñoz’s book, published by Perseus Books, explores Augusto Pinochet’s legacy of violence and corruption from a uniquely personal perspective. The author, currently Chile's ambassador to the United Nations, was imprisoned and exiled by the Pinochet regime because of his political views and, in this poignant and wide-ranging memoir, recounts how Chileans brought the former dictator to account for some of his crimes right until his death in 2006.
WOLA and Duke University have had other cooperative ventures in the past. Under an agreement signed in January 2008, WOLA donated its inactive archives dating back to the organization's founding to the Archive for Human Rights at the Duke Libraries and will continue to donate its inactive archives to Duke on a regular basis.
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