Magazine article New Internationalist

Final Silence

Magazine article New Internationalist

Final Silence

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Final Silence by Ronald Flores translated from Spanish by Gavin O'Toole (Aflame Books, ISBN 9780955233920)

The recent history of Latin America has given its artists and writers the dubious privilege of being able to draw on actual events and first-hand experiences when delving into the psychologies of torturer and tortured - perhaps the best-known example being Chilean author Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden. Guatemalan novelist Ronald Flores has mined his country's blood-soaked history of military dictatorship and civil war to fashion a work that explores the concepts of reconciliation and self-justification.

Doctor Ernesto Sandoval is a Guatemalan exile, pursuing a successful career in the US as a psychologist specializing in the treatment of torture victims. He decides to abandon his comfortable life in order to return to his homeland and put his skills at the service of a country finally inching towards a fragile peace after decades of killing. …

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