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A Miracle, a Universe: Settling Accounts with Torturers

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During the past fifteen years, one of the most vexing issues facing fledgling transitional democracies around the world—from South Africa to Eastern Europe, from Cambodia to Bosnia—has been what to do about the still-toxic security apparatuses left over from the previous regime. In this now-classic and profoundly influential study, the New Yorker's Lawrence Weschler probes these dilemmas across two gripping narratives (set in Brazil and Uruguay, among the first places to face such concerns), true-life thrillers in which torture victims, faced with the paralysis of the new regime, themselves band together to settle accounts with their former tormentors.

"Disturbing and often enthralling."—New York Times Book Review

"Extraordinarily moving. . . . Weschler writes brilliantly."—Newsday

"Implausible, intricate and dazzling."—Times Literary Supplement

"As Weschler's interviewees told their tales, I paced agitatedly, choked back tears. . . . Weschler narrates these two episodes with skill and tact. . . . An inspiring book."—George Scialabba, Los Angeles Weekly

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In a now classic and profoundly influential study, Weschler probes the vexing issues facing fledging transitional democracies around the world, focusing specifically on events in Brazil and Uruguay.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword

I: A Miracle, A Universe

II: The Reality of the World

Afterword

Notes

1998 Postscript

References

Index

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Robert Boyd, October 15, 2006 (view all comments by Robert Boyd)
This is a very moving book. There is real drama and suspense, as in the story of the Brazilians who secretly photocopied military court transcripts in which the tortures of the defendants are described. Weschler approaches his subject from all angles--he goes from the philosophical to personal, from the concrete to the abstract. Chilling and moving.

This book has a new timeliness for American readers.
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ISBN:
9780226893945
Author:
Weschler, Lawrence
Author:
Wechler, Lawrence
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago, Ill. :
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Foreign relations
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Political persecution
Subject:
Uruguay Politics and government.
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Brazil Politics and government.
Subject:
Human rights -- Brazil.
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
322
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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