Mass arrests, torture, and executions followed General Pinochet's coup on September 11, 1973. Almost immediately people began fleeing Chile, and over the next fifteen years some 200,000 Chileans sought exile in nearly 140 countries. Out of their anguish and anger comes the first oral history, or testimonies, of their fractured lives.
Many who fled had been tortured, and they clung to the principle that the dictatorship was an evil that had to be destroyed. But their zeal and solidarity with other refugees often failed to sustain families, and the majority of marriages collapsed and children often lost interest in their native land and culture. After civilian rule emerged in 1989, many returning exiles felt estranged from a homeland forever changed.
"A compelling and moving account."ï¿½Marjorie Agosï¿½n, author of Tapestries of Hope, Threads of Love: The Arpillera Movement in Chile, 1974-1994
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Thomas Wright is a professor of modern Latin American history at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Rody Oate is a Chilean journalist who spent over fifteen years in exile in Canada. Irene Hodgson is a professor of Spanish at Xavier University.From Library Journal:
One of the tragedies of the tumultuous political history of Latin America in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s was the large number of exiles who left their countries for political reasons. Probably the largest group of political exiles came from Chile after president Salvador Allende was deposed in 1973 and a military dictatorship ran the country until 1990. This volume by Wright, a respected American historian of Latin America, and O?ate, a Chilean journalist and exile, is a study of this movement using numerous transcriptions of oral histories of exiles throughout the world. Each chapter includes a brief history of the topic under discussion followed by transcripts of the exiles' testimonies. The transcripts provide vivid descriptions of the experience of leaving one's country under duress, the challenges of living in a foreign country, and the struggles of repatriation. This book, whose publication coincides with the 25th anniversary of General Pinochet's coup, is valuable for Latin American collections and libraries interested in human rights issues.?Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ. Lib., Provo, UT
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