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

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    As a member of Salvador Allendes 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 Chiles military intelligence service, the DINA, in their attempt to eliminate alternative voices and ideologies in the country. Arces 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 compañeros. 

    During Chiles 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 Arces book invites readers to rethink the definition of testimonial narrative in Latin America through the unique perspective of a survivor-witness-confessor.

Book News Annotation:

Arce, then a member of Salvador Allende's Personal Guards, tells her tale of torture, fear, collaboration, and survival amidst the crimes against humanity committed by the Chilean military regime (1973-90) led by Augusto Pinochet and supported by the US government. El Infierno was published in 1993, by Planeta in Santiago, and is translated by Stacey Alba Skar.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

During the civil war that wracked El Salvador from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, the Salvadoran military tried to stamp out dissidence and insurgency through an aggressive campaign of crop-burning, kidnapping, rape, killing, torture, and gruesome bodily mutilations. Even as human rights violations drew world attention, repression and war displaced more than a quarter of El Salvador’s population, both inside the country and beyond its borders. Beyond Displacement examines how the peasant campesinos of war-torn northern El Salvador responded to violence by taking to the hills. Molly Todd demonstrates that their flight was not hasty and chaotic, but was a deliberate strategy that grew out of a longer history of collective organization, mobilization, and self-defense.

About the Author

Luz Arce is a freelance writer living in Santiago, Chile.

Table of Contents

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Introduction: A People Without History

 

Chapter 1. Remapping La Tierra Olvidada

I. Introduction. Lost Peoples, Forgotten Lands

II. The Map Reconfigured: The North as a Space of Opportunity

III. El Salvador\\\'s North and La Lucha

Foundations

Formalization and Expansion

Radicalization

IV. Conclusion. Flames of Revolution

 

Chapter 2. Organizing Flight: The Guinda System

I. Introduction. Unspeakable Acts

II. Civil War, State-Sponsored Violence, and Gente Consciente

III. Mobile Communities and Self-Defense: Origins of the Guinda System

IV. Formalization of the Guinda System

V. Refuge Points and Alliances

VI. Conclusion. From Reaction to Resistance: Combative Mass Movement

 

Chapter 3. Internationalizing La Guinda

I. Introduction. A Thin Black Line?

II. Discovering Honduras

III. Integrating Honduras into the Guinda System

IV. Organizing Exile

Defining the Community

Managing the Basics

Managing the Moral Boundaries of Community

V. Conclusion

 

Chapter 4. The Politics of Exile

I. Introduction

II. Allying with Los Internacionales

III. The Politcs of Refugee Aid

IV. Maneuvering the System

Utilizing Fissures

Staging for Success

V. Conclusion

 

Chapter 5. Citizen Refugees and La Lucha

I. Introduction. Documenting the Present

II. The Patria Stained Red

III. Salvadorans to the Soul

IV. Contributions from Exile

V. Conclusion

 

Chapter 6. (Re)Writing National History from Exile

I. Introduction. Declining Aid in the Name of te Nation

II. To Educate is to Transform

III.The Political Implications of Popular Education

IV. Documenting Tradition

Refugees as the Heirs of Farabundo Marti and the Martyrs of 1932

The 1969 (B)Order Wars

Tracing Patterns Beyond the Nation

V. Conclusion

 

Chapter 7. The Grassroots Repopulation Movement

I. Introduction. Going Home

II. Repopulation as Resistance

III. Preparing the Conditions

Phase One: Operation Underground

Phase Two: Going Public

IV. From Negotiation to Direct Action

V. Conclusion. Contested Sove

 

Conclusion. Body Politics

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780299195540
Translator:
Skar, Stacey Alba D.
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Translator:
Skar, Stacey Alba
Translator:
Skar, Stacey Alba D.
Author:
Arce, Luz
Author:
Skar, Stacey Alba
Author:
Todd, Molly
Location:
Madison, Wis.
Subject:
Political
Subject:
South America
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Chile
Subject:
Political persecution
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Human rights -- Chile.
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Biography-Political
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Living in Latin America
Series Volume:
1836-S
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
22 b/w illus., 7 charts, 3 maps
Pages:
402
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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During the civil war that wracked El Salvador from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, the Salvadoran military tried to stamp out dissidence and insurgency through an aggressive campaign of crop-burning, kidnapping, rape, killing, torture, and gruesome bodily mutilations. Even as human rights violations drew world attention, repression and war displaced more than a quarter of El Salvador’s population, both inside the country and beyond its borders. Beyond Displacement examines how the peasant campesinos of war-torn northern El Salvador responded to violence by taking to the hills. Molly Todd demonstrates that their flight was not hasty and chaotic, but was a deliberate strategy that grew out of a longer history of collective organization, mobilization, and self-defense.

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