Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chile: The Other September 11

 Ocean Press

A unique selection of memoirs of another day of terror and tragedy.

This anthology reclaims the date of September 11 as the anniversary of the 1973 US-backed coup in Chile by General Pinochet against the popularly elected government of Salvador Allende.

This selection combines moving personal accounts with a historical overview of the coup's significance, featuring Ariel Dorfman's poignant essay, "The last September 11," the song Victor Jara composed before his brutal murder and Allende's radio broadcast to the Chilean people from the presidential palace made shortly before his death.

Other contributors include Pablo Neruda, Fidel Castro, Joan Jara and Beatriz Allende.

Most people associate September 11 with the World Trade Center tragedy. But before 2001, September 11 was already a day of infamy for Latin America and for Chile in particular. On that day in 1973, General Augusto Pinochet led a US-backed coup against the popularly elected government of Salvador Allende and began his repressive 17-year dictatorship. An interesting and nostalgic collection.
This book is the kind of true testimonial that all Americans should read.

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