Magazine article New Internationalist

Exorcising Terror: The Incredible Unending Trial of General Augusto Pinochet

Magazine article New Internationalist

Exorcising Terror: The Incredible Unending Trial of General Augusto Pinochet

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(Seven Stories Press, ISBN 1 58322 540 0)

On 16 October 1998, to the delight of millions and the fury of his unsavoury pals such as Margaret Thatcher, the former dictator of Chile, Augusto Pinochet, was arrested in London and charged with torture and murder on a warrant issued by the Spanish judge Baltazar Garzon. Ariel Dorfman, the celebrated writer and activist, has charted the historic process of the case in a short but immensely powerful book, Exorcising Terror.

Dorfman intertwines his own history - so vividly told already in his memoir, Heading South, Looking North - with a chronological account of the interminable extradition procedure. He also reflects on the meaning for Chile and the world of the unprecedented incarceration of the dictator. There are important international issues here that go far beyond the blood on Pinochet's hands. As Dorfman points out, we are told that the march of globalization is unstoppable - so how about a globalized justice from which despots could not hide? …

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