Thursday, 15 October 15, 5PM, Perkins Library, Biddle Rare Book Room
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. Written by Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz and published by Basic Books, the story 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. The ambassador will read from his poignant and wide-ranging memoir, recounting how Chileans brought the former dictator to account for some of his crimes right until his death in 2006. Ariel Dorfman, the Walter Hines Page Chair of Literature and Latin American Studies and a long-time friend of the ambassador, will introduce.The Gothic Bookshop will provide copies for sale and signing. Co-sponsors: Duke Human Rights Center, Center for Latin American and Carribean Studies and Archive for Human Rights
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