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Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz and The Dictator’s Shadow
October 15, 2009 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Books made available by the Gothic Bookshop will be available for signing after the reading.
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 Amb. 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 Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Washington-based human rights research and advocacy group, the Duke University Libraries, the Duke Human Rights Center and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies @ Duke 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. In 2008, the prize was won by Guatemalan writer Francisco Goldman for The Art of Political Murder.